French shipyard DCNS has delivered the second Mistral-class landing helicopter dock (LHD) helicopter carrier to the Ministry of Defence of the Arab Republic of Egypt.
Named Anwar El Sadat, the helicopter carrier represents the final of two LHDs delivered to the Egyptian Navy by DCNS, under a contract signed in October last year.
The first LHD, Gamal Abdel Nasser, was delivered to the Egyptian Navy in June this year.
DCNS CEO and chairman Hervé Guillou said: “The delivery of the landing helicopter dock vessel (LHD) Anwar El Sadat is a demonstration of trust that we have established with the Arab Republic of Egypt to support the expansion of its navy.
“We are very proud to see, being brought under the Egyptian flag, a ship which is the result of the French industrial excellence.”
“The Egyptian Navy can count on the total commitment of DCNS and its partners, among which STX France, and I would also like to thank the French Government and its unwavering support throughout the project.”
With a displacement capacity of 22,000t, the 199m-long vessel is propelled by an electric propulsion system that uses pods and can operate at a speed of more than 18k.
The LHD is equipped with a hospital that allows it to cater to humanitarian missions as well as can be deployed for a range of missions such as transportation of troops, equipment, heavy helicopters, and landing craft.
It also features communication system that makes it suited to act as a command vessel within a naval force.
LHD Gamal Abdel Nasser is scheduled to participate in a joint exercise between the Egyptian and French Navies before being homeported in Alexandria.
The company has also been training 180 Egyptian sailors in Saint-Nazaire since June this year to better operate the vessel.
DCNS is also contracted by the Egyptian Ministry of Defence to deliver four Gowind-class corvettes, and last year handed over the FREMM multi-mission frigate Tahya Misr to the navy.
Additionally, the shipyard is scheduled to deliver seven combat vessels to the Egyptian Navy by 2020, as part of efforts to modernise the country’s defence system.
Image: DCNS delivers second LHD to the Egyptian Navy. Photo: courtesy of DCNS.