French shipbuilder Naval Group, formerly known as DCNS, has delivered its first Gowind 2500 corvette known as ENS Elfateh to the Egyptian Navy in Lorient, France.

The vessel's delivery represents the further expansion of the company’s extensive range of surface ships and submarines.

Naval Group has successfully completed the delivery of the ship within 36 months of the initial order.

ENS Elfateh is the first in a series of four corvettes that were ordered by the Egyptian Navy, and the ship has now set sail to its homeport in Egypt.

It is the fourth ship to be delivered to the Egyptian Navy by the company, following a Frigate European Multi-mission (FREMM) vessel in 2015 and two Mistral-class landing helicopter docks (LHDs) in 2016.

Naval Group president and chief executive officer Hervé Guillou said: “Naval Group is particularly proud to announce today’s delivery of the first Gowind corvette for Egypt, a strategic client and partner of the group.

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“Design, build and testing have been achieved in a record of three years.

"Naval Group is particularly proud to announce today’s delivery of the first Gowind corvette for Egypt, a strategic client and partner of the group."

"Naval Group and its industrial partners are mobilised to assist Egypt in the local construction in technology transfer of the three following corvettes.”

The Gowind 2500 corvette is equipped with modern technological features that have been specially developed and implemented by the French company for naval defence purposes.

The vessel also features SETIS, advanced combat systems and the panoramic sensors and intelligence module (PSIM), which is an assembly that combines the integrated mast with its different sensors and the control room and associated technical rooms.

ENS Elfateh features a displacement of 2,600t, a maximum speed of 25k and range of up to 3,700nm at 15k.

Image: Gowind 2500 corvette. Photo: courtesy of Naval Group.