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Coalition Working to Increase Iraqi Navy's Capability

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posted on Sep, 22 2005 @ 05:05 PM
WASHINGTON, Sept. 22, 2005 – U.S. and coalition maritime forces in the northern Persian Gulf are working to develop the fledgling Iraqi navy and bring it to a level where it can sustain itself, a U.S. commander in the area said today.
In a news briefing live from Bahrain, Navy Vice Adm. David C. Nichols Jr., commander of U.S. Naval Forces Central Command and U.S. 5th Fleet, said the Iraqi navy, though small, is already integrated into maritime security operations in the gulf.

"Because the Iraqis know the lay of the land and understand what they're looking at up there a lot better than we do, they've been very helpful there," Nichols said.

The Iraqi navy has six patrol boats, 700 sailors and about 400 marines, Nichols said. Iraqi sailors are already aboard oil platforms helping with security and, by November, will provide most of the security on the platforms, he added.

I wonder if we will have a defense relationship with their Navy? Like in terms of selling equipment and stuff, I can defintly forsee a maritime counter terror unit also for their navy. Any opinions?

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