Egyptian Navy receives new vessels


Egypt has received two new frigates and a submarine as it celebrated the fiftieth anniversary of its Navy.

The Egyptian Ministry of Defence announced on 18 October that the first Gowind-class corvette El Fateh (971) and second Type 209/1400 submarine S42 (864) had arrived at the naval base in Alexandria.

A week later, on 26 October, the Egyptian military announced that the Pohang class corvette ENS Shabab Misr arrived in Alexandria from South Korea. It was previously known as ROKS Jinju and was decommissioned by the Republic of Korea Navy in December last year.

The frigate can sail 4 500 nautical miles at speeds of up to 32 knots. It is armed with torpedoes, two Oto Melara 76 mm cannons, two 40 mm cannons, Harpoon missiles and depth charges. During the trip to Egypt the crew conducted exercises with the South Korean and Indian navies. News of the delivery surfaced in September during a visit to South Korea by Egyptian defence minister Sedki Sobhi.

President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi celebrated the fiftieth anniversary of the Egyptian Navy on 19 October, where he raised the flag at the renovated Alexandria naval base and inspected the El Fateh and Type 209 submarine as well as the Mistral class LHD Anwar el Sadat. He also opened a naval simulation complex.

The arrival of the El Fateh and S42 followed their joint delivery and exercise at sea with the French Navy.

S42 is the second of four Type 209 submarines ordered from ThyssenKrupp Marine Systems (TKMS) in 2011 and 2014. It was handed over on 8 August in Kiel, Germany after S41 was handed over in December 2016 and delivered this April.

The Type 209/1400s will be able to launch missiles and torpedoes – it is believed they will be fitted with Harpoon anti-ship missiles. The new Type 209s will most likely replace the Egyptian Navy’s four elderly Romeo class vessels delivered in 1983/84.

ENS El Fateh is the first Gowind 2500 corvette for Egypt, and was handed over by Naval Group (formerly DCNS) on 22 September at its facilities in Lorient, France. Another three Gowind 2500 corvettes are being built in Egypt, with Alexandria Shipyard cutting the first steel in April 2016.

The Gowind 2500 has a total length of 102 metres, a width of 16 metres, displacement of 2600 tonnes and a maximum speed of 25 knots. Range at 15 knots is 3 700 nautical miles. Including a helicopter detachment, crew is 80 persons.