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U.S. Navy announced that the processing of their Iraqi counterparts boats and military vessels will begin next September
2010-07-15 13:00:08

This is very interesting. So they are also buying 12 new American boats for their navy? Interesting, wonder how they will be paying for them???? I don’t think the foreign military sales folks at the DOD take dinar….

Announced that the U.S. Navy on Thursday said that their Iraqi counterparts are at the level of readiness position to take over security for oil port of Basra, while pointing out that the month of September would see the start of supply to Iraq of a number of fire fighting highways, as well as military vessels contracted Iraq on buying from the U.S. Nations, and expected arrival at Umm Qasr naval base late next year.

The commander of the support group and training-American-British joint at the base of Umm Qasr, Navy Rear Adm. Scott Jones in an interview with “Alsumaria News”, “The capabilities of the Iraqi navy has evolved in recent times significantly, and now extend its control over Iraq’s territorial waters to the north of the Gulf region, which qualifies it After a short time, to accept the responsibility for security of the oil port of Basra from the United States Navy and British. ”

Revealed Jones, “The Iraqi navy will take over in September next the first patrol boat with American-made out of 12 boats being manufactured currently in the state of Louisiana,” noting that those “boats are characterized by high-speed and ability great maneuverability and the pursuit of goals, being build two major military for Following the Iraqi Navy signed the Iraqi government with U.S. counterparts to purchase and will be received by the end of next year. ”

Under the security agreement signed between Baghdad and Washington at the end of November of the year 2008 that it should withdraw all U.S. forces from the lands and waters and airspace of Iraq no later than 31 December 2011, and the United States combat forces pulled out under the same agreement from the cities and villages Iraq on June 30 of last year, 2009.

He noted, Admiral Jones that “the number of boats, the Iraqi navy and the number of its members continues to grow, one of the different countries of origin”, noting that “150 officers nautical Iraqis arrived this week to the base of Umm Qasr naval participation in a training course takes three months under the supervision of instructors from the United States Navy”.

The province of Basra, about 590 km south of Baghdad, where there are five commercial ports, all under the control of Iraqi forces, the first port stronghold near the city center of Basra, which was created in 1916 and was exploited by British forces for military purposes before they hand him over to Iraqi authorities in 1937 in addition to the port of Faw, who became devoted to the docking and departure of fishing vessels, and in 1965 was the establishment of the port of Umm Qasr, now the largest and most important commercial port, located in the southern tip al Qaeda’s central force the Iraqi navy, as witnessed in 1989 the completion of the construction of the port of Khor al-Zubair, which contains the docks and warehouses for industrial iron ore, phosphates, urea, and in 1976 was the establishment of the port of Abu Flus on the banks of the Shatt al-Arab, which is currently the most active commercial ports, despite its small size and could not be reached by large vessels.

It also contains Basra, two oil are Port Amiya, 145 km south of the city, is located inside Iraqi territorial waters and close to Iranian territorial waters and by the Iraqi navy responsibility to protect him since last year, but reside in the surrounding U.S. patrols, and the second is the oil port of Basra, 160 km south of Basra, and is at Khor Al Khafji near the Kuwaiti territorial waters, and he knew the port formerly pristine deep and share the United States Navy and British and Iraqi forces to protect and secure areas of water nearby.