The Atlantic Future Forum

HMS Queen Elizabeth Upper Bay, New York

The Atlantic Future Forum

28 – 29 September 2022
New York

This year the Atlantic Future Forum (AFF) took place on 28 and 29 September 2022 in New York.  The AFF was hosted on the Royal Navy’s aircraft carrier, HMS QUEEN ELIZABETH.

Three hours after my last post on the preparedness of Canada, I found the Atlantic Future Forum. I became a member this morning. This is the Royal Capstone. Fiction, Science Fiction, History, and Journalism, has come together on The Edge of The Future!

John Presco

President: Royal Rosamond Press

HMS Queen Elizabeth rounds off New York visit with conference

30 September 2022 Topic: Fighting armsSurface Fleet Storyline: HMS Queen Elizabeth

Flagship HMS Queen Elizabeth welcomed a host of dignitaries and guests on board against the stunning backdrop of Manhattan as she rounded off a short stay in the Big Apple.

The aircraft carrier spent the week in New York, giving her ship’s company the chance to see some famous landmarks while also hosting a conference to strengthen UK-US bonds.

The two-day Atlantic Future Forum saw speakers and key note speeches focussing on military, political and strategic relations between the two nations.

Hundreds of guests joined the ship for the event which was first hosted by HMS Queen Elizabeth in 2018 as part of her maiden deployment Westlant 18.

This year, speakers and dignitaries included First Sea Lord Admiral Sir Ben Key, Chief of the Defence Staff, Admiral Sir Tony Radakin and Chief of General Staff of the British Army General Sir Patrick Sanders.

Guests were also treated to a performance from singer Katherine Jenkins who was joined by the RM Band.

Before the conference started, sailors from HMS Queen Elizabeth and the Royal Marines Band Service were able to go ashore and enjoy some of the sights of New York City.

This included a performance from the band at Grand Central Terminal and Central Park and a moment of reflection for the ship’s men and women at the 9/11 Memorial.

Meanwhile, escort frigate HMS Richmond berthed at the Manhattan Cruise Terminal (Pier 88) in midtown Manhattan, opposite the USS Intrepid aircraft carrier and Concorde museums and just 15 minutes’ walk from the bright lights of Times Square.

As well as supporting Atlantic Future Forum, she has also been taking part in her own events and activities.

HMS Queen Elizabeth and HMS Richmond have spent the week in New York to host the UK-US conference Atlantic Future Forum. Their sailors were also given the chance to go ashore and see Manhattan. Picture: LPhot Belinda Alker

A sizeable number of the ship’s company paid their respects at the 9/11 memorial where Royal Marines musician Cpl Hayley Holgate of the RM Band Service performed The Last Post; she’s embarked on Richmond for the frigate’s entire deployment.

Officers from the wardroom were invited to watch the New York Mets baseball team while 20 crew were invited on to the pitch at the MetLife stadium ahead of the New York Jets’ American football defeat to Cincinnati Bengals (27-12) in front of an 80,000-strong crowd with the ship’s crest displayed on the arena’s big screen.

“I joined the Royal Navy to have adventures, and I’ve just crossed the Atlantic, getting used to some rough seas, and now I’m in New York City at an NFL match,” said Sub Lieutenant Oli Perry.

“The people here are very welcoming, this has been an amazing experience with an electric atmosphere.”

The frigate hosted a capability demonstration/ceremonial sunset for around 100 guests, many from the Maritime Cyber Security Trade Mission which is also holding a two-day conference in New York, with the Corps of Drums from the Royal Marines Band providing much of the pomp and ceremony. 

And a handful of sailors – Warfare Specialist Able Seaman Gosling, Marine Engineering Technician Cooksley, Leading Logistician Stafoni Richards and Weapons Engineering Technician Chloe Chapman – toured the city in their No.1 uniforms for a legendary ‘rig run’, seeing the iconic sights of the Big Apple and being treated to American hospitality.

“It was one of the best experiences of my life. Walking around New York in my uniform was such a proud moment, especially when we got stopped by the public and thanked for our service,” said Able Seaman Gosling, paying his first visit to the USA.

“In one day I saw the 9/11 memorial, Times Square, and the Empire State Building. I’ll never forget this.”

Engineering Technician Chapman added: “You can’t get a better run ashore really. We were picked up from the ship in one of those massive American SUVs and driven to the tourist spots. My favourite was Times Square. Walking around in my uniform felt a bit strange but everyone we spoke to was lovely, I even got a free Starbucks.”

I joined the Royal Na

The Atlantic Future Forum exists as a partnership between Government and leading businesses. Since its inception in 2018, private sector partners have worked with the AFF in shaping our policy agenda, contributing content, insights and critical thought leadership.

The AFF is supported by many leading businesses, exporters, entrepreneurs and tech innovators, from both the UK and US. This year, AFF22 promoted the importance of the UK, US and others, as trade and economic partners, and explored ways to boost innovation and technology. The Forum heard from business leaders and entrepreneurs on how we secure future prosperity, economic resilience and security, as well as how we promote advances in our emerging technologies, including Quantum, AI and Cyber.

Our private sector partners have helped conceive and grow the AFF and will continue to play a critical role in determining the future shape and focus of the Forum.

The AFF is keen to work with leading businesses, tech innovators and SMEs. If you would like to contribute to AFF and become a partner, the AFF would like to hear from you.

The AFF can help you build a strategic campaign focused on building relationships with your target audience. We offer tailored solutions and can help you optimise your participation in the Forum.

If you are interested in becoming a partner of AFF please get in touch with Sally Pugmire at or +44 207 395 4460.

Benefits of Becoming an AFF Partner



Engage directly and meaningfully with industry peers and government representatives.



Benefit from great brand amplification opportunities onboard the ship.



Co-curate and participate in high-level conversation alongside policymakers and CEOs.

Exclusive Side Events

Access to select Partner events hosted onboard HMS QUEEN ELIZABETH.

Speaking Opportunities

Be at the forefront of critical debate, taking part in sessions that align with your businesses strategic interests.

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