France’s Naval Group (formerly DCNS) has signed a five-year maintenance and support agreement with Egypt that will see it look after warships it has supplied to the North African country.
The agreement was signed on 3 December at the inaugural Egypt Defence and Security Exhibition (EDEX) in Egypt. “This milestone marks a new step in the long-term strategic partnership between Naval Group and the Egyptian Navy. Naval Group is proud to serve the Egyptian Navy,” Naval Group said.
The agreement lays ground to the contract framing the maintenance activity related to the Naval Group’s vessels sold to Egypt. This activity will be managed through a new Naval Group subsidiary based in Alexandria developing the competences of high-skilled Egyptian employees. The maintenance activity will enhance further the successful industrial cooperation program supporting the construction process of the three locally built Gowind corvettes, Naval Group said.
The signature of the agreement constitutes one more step in Naval Group’s long-term partnership with Egypt. In July 2014, the Ministry of Defense of the Arab Republic of Egypt signed a construction of four Gowind corvettes. The first of class was built in Lorient and delivered to Egypt on September 2017.
The second of the series is currently built through technology transfer in Alexandria Shipyard and was launched in September 2018. Naval Group delivered the Fremm multi mission frigate Tahya Misr in August 2015. In June 2016, Naval Group delivered two Mistral-class Landing Helicopter Dock vessels to the Egyptian Navy.