Corporal Nathan Heckel and Private Stewart Alpert – both from 6 Royal Australian Regiment (6 RAR) sniper cell on the range in Baghdad, August 2007.
Photo by CPL Robert Nyffenegger, 1 Joint Public Affairs Unit
Copyright: Commonwealth of Australia, Department of Defence
Arabian Gulf (July 22, 2004) – Capt. Anthony Kurta, Commander, Destroyer Squadron Two Four (COMDESRON 24), observes the boarding procedures demonstrated by the British Royal Marines aboard HMS Somerset (F 82).
U.S. Navy Photograph by PH2 (NAO/SW) Michael Sandberg
Fleet Combat Camera, Atlantic
British-trained members of the Iraqi Navy have conducted their first patrol of Iraqi territorial waters surrounding the Al Basrah Oil Terminal (ABOT) in their new Swift patrol boat.The Royal Navy has been training the Iraqi Navy in Umm Qasr as part of a coalition training team since 2004. Most recently they have been supporting the Iraqi Navy by delivering Swift patrol boat training and mentoring the future Iraqi Navy training staff.In advance of the first operational patrol the crew had to complete a final sea assessment conducted by a joint Iraqi and coalition team. They passed with flying colours and proceeded on patrol immediately.The importance of the patrol to the Iraqi Navy was emphasised by it occurring on Iraqi National Army Day – 7 January 2011.Lieutenant Abdul, the captain of patrol boat 301, said: “It was a significant day, especially since the patrol was part of the Iraqi National Army Day.”Captain Gary Sutton, Commanding Officer Iraqi Training and Advisory Mission – Navy [ITAM-N] (Umm Qasr), said: “Today the Iraqi Navy has made a huge step forward with the first Swiftships patrol of ABOT. I am proud of their accomplishment, but I would also like to acknowledge the achievements of the highly professional training and advisory coalition team in ITAM-N whose training of the Iraqi Navy made this possible.”This new class of modern patrol boat marks a significant step forward in the operational capability of the Iraqi Navy.Built by Swiftships in the USA, these high-speed, 35-metre vessels are armed with the 30mm British MSI gun and are ideal for their role of defending the vitally important Iraqi offshore oil infrastructure.The Iraqi Navy of 2,500 personnel, 11 patrol boats and 35 fast attack craft will be joined over the next 12 months by a further 14 Swift patrol boats.
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Training of the Iraqi Navy by the Royal Navy is expected to resume as soon as possible following consideration by the Iraqi Council of Representatives it was announced today.The Iraqi Government had requested that after the UK concluded combat operations in Iraq on 30 April 2009 continued military assistance, particularly in officer training, naval training and maritime support, would continue to be provided.Training of the Iraqi Navy was paused in June, since when the agreement between the two Governments concerning naval training and maritime support to Iraqi forces has been considered by the Iraqi Council of Representatives.The agreement will now enter into force once both parties have completed their parliamentary procedures and exchanged diplomatic notes.
Royal Navy personnel training members of the Iraqi Navy to carry out correct boarding procedures.
[Pictures: LA(Phot) Chris Winter, Crown Copyright/MOD 2008]
UK Naval Transition Team training the Iraqi Navy to carry out correct boarding procedures in the Northern Gulf. 16/03/08