AFF 2020 was hosted physically and virtually on HMS Queen Elizabeth, alongside in Her Majesty’s Naval Base, Portsmouth on 20th-21st October 2020. In response to COVID-19, it partnered with Microsoft to deliver a ‘hybrid summit’ with both face-to-face and virtual interaction between international delegates and guests.

The Forum brought together over 800 delegates and distinguished speakers to explore how the UK and US strengthen the Western Alliance amid a world wrestling with a global pandemic, growing political tensions and strategic competition.

Alongside senior representation from 13 nations,a wide array of industry sectors, from defence and biosecurity to space and technology, were in attendance.  

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“The AFF explores the latest innovative thinking and solutions that are required to ultimately deliver the shared ambition of greater prosperity and security for all”

Admiral Tony Radakin CB ADC
First Sea Lord and Chief of the Naval Staff

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In The Media


As keynote event for the UK government, AFF 2020 was reported and featured in over thirty major publications and had a global reach. It garnered significant engagement on social media from senior members of the UK and US government, and had 300,000 impressions on Twitter alone.

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