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CURRENT ISSUE

ARM MERCHANT SHIPS?
Should merchant ships transiting high risk areas carry small arms for defense against pirates?

Selected crew should be trained and have guns available
Professional armed security teams should be hired
No guns on merchant ships, ever

Otober 1, 2009

Swiftships wins another Iraq contract

Swiftships Shipbuilders, LLC, Morgan City, La., is being awarded a $23,558,753 firm-fixed-price contract to provide 35-meter patrol boat training in support of the Iraqi Navy. Training will be comprised of training simulators, including spare parts, and patrol boat training inclusive of course development, execution of the training curricula and other incidentals, such as berthing and messing for Iraqi sailors. Work will be performed in Morgan City, La., and is expected to be completed in September 2010. Contract funds in the amount of $23,558,753 will expire at the end of the current fiscal year. This contract was not competitively procured. The Naval Air Warfare Center Training Systems Division, Orlando, Fla., is the contracting activity (N61339-09-C-0034).

Swiftships was recently awarded an FMS contract to build nine patrol boats for the Iraqi Navy


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