Second Egyptian Mistral vessel arrives home


Egypt’s second and final Mistral class landing helicopter dock (LHD), Anwar el-Sadat, has arrived in Alexandria, Egypt, after taking part in exercises with the French Navy on its delivery voyage.

The vessel’s arrival on 6 October coincided with the 43rd anniversary celebrations of successes in the 1973 war with Israel.

Anwar el-Sadat’s arrival followed several days of joint exercises, dubbed Cleopatra 2016, with French naval forces.

Anwar el-Sadat (L 1020) was handed over to the Egyptian Navy in Saint Nazaire, France, on 16 September in a ceremony attended by Egyptian and French officials, and departed St Nazaire on 21 September.

On 10 October 2015, DCNS signed a contract with the Ministry of Defence of the Arab Republic of Egypt for the supply of two Mistral-class LHDs. The delivery of the first of these two helicopter carriers, the LHD Gamal Abdel Nasser (L 1010) took place on 2 June 2016.

By 2020, DCNS will have supplied seven combat vessels to Egypt. In July 2014 Egypt ordered four Gowind corvettes, and in August 2015 received the FREMM multi-mission frigate TahyaMisr. Alexandria shipyards is building three of the four Gowind corvettes acquired in 2014 – work on the first began at the beginning of this year. DCNS floated out the first Gowind it is building for Egypt on 17 September ahead of delivery next year.