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Iraq receives final patrol vessel
The Iraqi Navy has received the final patrol boat from the United States to help enforce its maritime sovereignty and security.
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UMM QASR, Iraq, July 12 (UPI) -- The Iraqi Navy has received the last in an order of patrol boats from the United States to help enforce its maritime sovereignty and security.

The vessel -- about 115 feet long -- was turned over following re-activation in nearby Bahrain.

The U.S. Navy and Swiftships Shipbuilders LLC of Morgan City, La., provided the boats under a U.S. Foreign Military Sales program. Each of the 12 vessels delivered is equipped with 30mm gun systems and carries a crew of 25.

The boats can reach a speed of 30 knots.

"The team successfully delivered all 12 important assets to the Iraqi navy, supporting Iraq's security requirements," said Frank McCarthey, program manager for support Ships, Boats and Craft.

The support Ships, Boats and Craft Program Office in the U.S Navy's Program Executive Office Ships, managed the acquisition. It also provided Iraq with two offshore support vessels last year.

PEO Ships manages the design and construction of U.S. Navy destroyers, amphibious ships, special mission and support ships. It also does so for boats in Foreign Military Sales deals.

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Just putting all the ducks in a row.

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i think they just go out and patrol around and if they see anything they  call in our guys for air support ..


Swiftships Model 35PB1208 E-1455 specifications include:

Hull Length: 115’-0” / 35.06 m
Beam: 23’ 9-1/2” / 7.25 m
Max Draft (Navigational): 8’-6” / 2.59 m
Depth (Midship): 11’-10” / 3.61 m
Engine Package: 3 MTU 16V2000 Marine Diesels
Propulsors: 3 Propellers

ABS Classification: A1-HSNC-Coastal Naval Craft – AMS.

Water Capacity: 1000 Gallons / 3,785 Liters
Fuel Capacity: 7,000 Gallons / 26,495 Liters
Maximum Range: 1,500 Nautical Miles @ 12 knots
Endurance: 6 Days
Accommodations: 21 Crew, 4 Officers

Carries: RIB Willard aluminum hull high-speed 7 meter jet Rigid Inflatable Boat
Armament: MSI International DS30M-A2 30mm remotely-operated gun system, .50 cal/ 12.7mm machine gun, 2×7.62 machine guns.

MSI’s 30mm RWS system will be very consequential. As South Korea has proven several times, a patrol boat equipped with a main gun that integrates advanced sensors, ballistic computing, and RWS control will severely punish or sink enemy vessels that depend on hand-aimed guns of similar or greater calibers.

This triple-screw diesel-powered patrol boat can be refueled at sea using side by side procedures, and runs on #2 diesel fuel. The hull and superstructure are constructed of aluminum alloy, all welded, in accordance with approved codes. The hull includes 7 watertight bulkheads forming 8 watertight compartments. The superstructure has an enclosed upper bridge with open bridge wings for armament and navigation capability, with an enclosed pilothouse forward.

The boat can comfortably undertake at-sea missions for up to 6 days, with an expected operational time of about 1,500 hours of operation per year. Weather survivability includes Sea State 5 survival at the best heading, and full operational capability at Sea State 3 including 20 knot patrol speed and 10 knot sustained loitering speed for 12 hours. In calm water the boat is reasonably fast, 30 knots (about 34.5 mph/ 55.5 kmh) maximum speed at full load

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