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Swiftships Hosts an Iraqi Ministry of Defense Team
For immediate release: May 9, 2010

Pictured above (left to right): Mate Cruser, Captain Jeff Perin USN Ret. , Lt. Ayad, General Janssen, Lt. Atef, Mr. Calvin Leleux, Commodore Munir Saddam, Staff Major General  Kareem Mohammed Al Daffaie (MoD), Major General Mahmood Hasan Al Hayali (MoD), Mr. Dheyaa Abduljabbar Al-Bazzaz (MoD), Mr. Lutfi Hassan, Commodore Abid Ali Abdulhussein, Brig  General Abdulkareem Saddam Swidi (MoD), Commodore Dadel Abdul Ameer, Mr Mohammed Daher Al Obaidi (MoD) Captain Faraj Khalaf, Lt Aid, Lt. Abdul Hussein

In the background: Mike Barton (NAVSEA)

In the foreground: Captain William Galinis (SUPSHIP)



Swiftships hosted an Iraqi Ministry of Defense Team accompanied by U.S. Forces in Iraq (USFI) Members.  This Joint USFI/Iraqi Team toured the Swiftships’ Training Village and the first Iraqi Patrol Boat currently preparing for gun trials.  The team joined Swiftships’ CEO Lutfi Hassan and President Calvin Leleux and the rest of the Swiftships team for lunch aboard the village berthing barge named “Unity”. The group then toured the class rooms, offices, and the trainers. 

The team viewed the operations of the Full Mission Bridge Trainer Including the Bridge Area, Command and Control Area, Engineers Station, Communications Station and Instructors Area.  They then participated in the demonstration of the Small Arms Trainer and viewed the Firefighting Trainer.

After seeing the Training Village the team toured the shipyard and the first Iraqi patrol boat (P301).  Calvin Leleux hosted the team aboard P 301 for a short river run demonstration of the boats capabilities.

Also present was Captain Galinis, Supervisor of Shipbuilding Gulf Coast and Mr. Mike Barton, Case Manager NAVSEA.  Captain Galinis oversee the Iraqi FMS case for NAVSEA and has a full SUPSHIP team at Swiftships.


MoD Representatives having lunch aboard "Unity"


MoD Representatives with their first class of Iraqi Trainees


MoD Representatives tour the Small Arms Trailer


MoD representatives in the Command and Control Station of the FMBT


MOD representatives, NAVSEA rep, SUPSHIP, USFI members and Swiftships tour the Iraqi Patrol Boats under construction




Mr. Dheyaa Abduljabbar Al-Bazzaz (MoD)
in the shot of the day
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