An IMC-designed offshore support vessel (OSV) has recently been exercising with United States Coast Guard cutters in the Middle East.
The Iraqi Navy’s Al Basra-class OSV Al Basra (OSV 401) participated in a Passing Exercise (PASSEX) with the U.S. Coast Guard (USCG) Island-class patrol cutter USCGC Maui (WPB 1304) and USCGC Wrangell (WPB-1332) in the Arabian Gulf in late September. The boats conducted manoeuvring techniques and personnel exchanges across vessels.
After the US personnel boarded Al Basra, they were given a tour of the Iraqi vessels and discussed operating in the Arabian Gulf and future training plans.
An independent Australian naval architecture firm, International Maritime Consultants (IMC) produced the Al Basra class 60 metre OSV design, two of which the United States Navy procured under its Foreign Military Sales (FMS) program and delivered to the Iraqi Navy in 2012.
As part of U.S. Naval Forces Central Command's theatre security cooperation plan, the U.S. participates in PASSEX exercises with partner nations routinely to build and strengthen integration throughout the region.