May 27 2010
Swiftships delivers first in Iraq patrol boat series
P-301, the first in a series of 35-meter patrol boat built for the Iraqi Navy under a Foreign Military Sales contract by Swiftships, Morgan City, La., has been provisionally delivered to the U.S. Navy at Swiftships in Morgan City, La.
Swiftships is under contract with the U.S. Navy build up to 15 35-meter patrol boats for the government of Iraq in an effort to reconstitute the country's maritime security This first patrol boat will now be stationed at Swiftships' Training Village, adjacent to the shipyard, where it will remain until a first group of Iraqi sailors completes training in July 2010. The patrol boat, along with the second boat in the series, will then be shipped to Iraq.
The PB 301 made her first machinery runs on March 31. The new Swift Boat achieved an average speed of approximately 34+ knots at 84 percent installed power. PB 301 exceeded the contract speed requirement of 30 knots on her first run.