Iraq received the patrol ships of the type Al Basrah

Dec. 20 2012 at the Iraqi naval base in Umm Qasr accomplished ceremony of transfer of the naval forces Iraq from the U.S. Navy 2-patrol ships OSV 401 Al Basrah and OSV 402 Al Fayhaa, built in the U.S. specifically for the Iraqi Navy. These ships are the largest units of the Iraqi Navy restored.

Patrol ships OSV 401 Al Basrah and OSV 402 Al Fayhaa Iraqi Navy, built in the USA. Umm Qasr, 20.12.2012

The agreement by the U.S. Navy band FMS for the design and construction for Iraq 2-of patrol vessels in the amount of $ 70 million was issued to the U.S. company RiverHawk Fast Sea Frames LLC (Tampa, FL) in October 2009. With the installation of electronic equipment and armament total contract price was 86 million dollars, and with the training of the crews — $ 113 million craft projects AMP-137 was designed RiverHawk Fast Sea Frames with the participation of well-known Jordanian bureau King Abdullah II Design and Development Bureau (KADDB ). The actual construction of the two ships was carried out under subcontract shipyard Gulf Island Marine Fabricators LLC in Houma (Louisiana). Head ship OSV 401 Al Basrah was launched there on the water 4 November 2011 and transferred to the test May 14, 2012, and the second ship OSV 402 Al Fayhaa was launched on 1 February 2012 and submitted to the tests in August.

Patrol ships of the type Al Basrah are multipurpose ships, and besides the main destinations can also be used as supply vessels or floating bases. Ships have iron body construction with duralumin superstructure. Total displacement of the ship of 1,400 tons, length 60 meters, width of 11.2 meters, the deepening of the fully loaded 3.8 meters. The power plant consists of two Caterpillar 3516C diesel engine rated at 3150 hp with water-jet propulsion. The highest speed of 16 knots, cruising range of 4,000 miles at 10 knots. The crew of 42 people. Armament consists of one 30-mm remotely controlled automatic gun mount MSI-Defence Systems Seahawk A2, and four 12.7-mm and 6-mm machine guns 7.62. Ship equip a 3-chute semi-rigid 9-foot motor boats, and can be used for the carriage of cargo containers or larger boats.

The ceremony of transfer of Navy Iraq built in the U.S. patrol vessels OSV 401 Al Basrah and OSV 402 Al Fayhaa. Umm Qasr, 20.12.2012

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