Military


27-meter Predator Class Patrol Boat

Patrol Craft 102 and 103 are two of five patrol craft provided by the United States, and were the first vessels belonging to the Iraqi Navy. The 27-meter long Chinese-made crafts were originally to be acquired by the Saddam Hussein regime in 2002 under the oil-for-food program, but were not allowed to enter the country due to their military capabilities. The United States purchased the boats from the Chinese ship-builder. The purchase included an agreement to compensate the German company shipping the boats so that no one, including Iraq, incurred any financial damage.

In a Report to Congress entitled, "Measuring Stability and Security in Iraq," these boats were referred to as Predator Class Patrol Boats.




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