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Just for the record, selecting the option to include content while saving the site as template solves the issue. Good to know that your issue is resolved.
The site template does not include any of the localized strings. You should open up the wsp file and manually add those. Language support for Help Desk application template
The issue is most likely with SQL - which is the source of 95% of all SharePoint performance problems. If you want to see what is actually happening, you can go medium level and run some PerfMon counters and it will tell you where the latency is. If you want more detail you can run SQL profiler which will tell you which operations are actually your bottle ...
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