The corvettes can be configured to deploy special forces. Credit: AHMED XIV.
ENS Elfateh, the first Gowind corvette of the Egyptian Navy, was delivered in September 2017. Credit: AHMED XIV.
220824-N-DH616-2010-MEDITERRANEAN SEA-August 24th, 2022. Gowind-class corvette ENS El Fateh (971) took part in a sailing exercise with members of Standing NATO Maritime Group Two (SNMG2). The exercise concluded a port visit by SNMG2 that provided an opportunity for NATO Allied members to engage with Egyptian naval forces.

Naval Group (formerly known as DCNS) of France first announced the Gowind family of corvettes in 2006. Since the initial announcement, Naval Group has enlarged the Gowind family to four corvettes with length from 85m to 105m and displacement from 1,000t to 2,800t.

The Gowind family of corvettes includes the 1,000t Sovereignty Enforcer Gowind control corvette, the 2,000t High Seas Master Gowind presence corvette, the Deterrent Warrior Gowind action corvette, and the 2,000t Multi-Mission Combatant Gowind combat corvette.

The ships of sea-proven steel monohull design accommodate 50 to 75 crew members and passengers and have a maximum speed of 22k to 27k. The Gowind has an endurance of two to three weeks on patrol missions between at-sea replenishment.

The corvette is designed for simplicity and for easy customising to the client navy’s requirements, including local in-country shipbuilding under technology transfer agreements.

Gowind-class orders and deliveries

Naval Group received a €1bn ($1.2bn) contract from Egypt to deliver four Gowind 2500 corvettes in 2014. The contract also includes an option for two additional vessels.

The construction of the first Gowind corvette began in Lorient shipyard in France in 2015. The vessel, christened as ENS Elfateh, was delivered to the Egyptian Navy in September 2017.

The second unit, Port-Said, was launched in Alexandria shipyard in Egypt in September 2018 and the third vessel, ENS El-Moez corvette, was launched in May 2019. The fourth vessel, ENS Luxor (986), was launched in May 2020.

Malaysia placed an order for six Gowind corvettes and the first vessel for the Royal Malaysian Navy was floated by Naval Group’s Malaysian partner, Boustead Naval Shipyards, in August 2017.

In March 2019, Naval Group signed an export contract for the delivery of two Gowind corvettes. The ceremony for the start of machining was held in September 2019 and the vessels will be built at Lorient shipyard for an undisclosed client.

In July 2019, Romania selected Naval Group and Santierul Naval Constanta (SNC) to build four new Gowind corvettes.

In 2019, the United Arab Emirates (UAE) also ordered two Gowind corvettes for its navy. The first vessel, Bani Yas, was launched in December 2021 and the second vessel, Al Emarat, was launched in May 2022 in the Lorient shipyard.

Bani Yas and Al Emarat details

The Bani Yas and Al Emarat corvettes have an overall hull length of 102m and an overall beam of 16m with a displacement of approximately 2,800t.

Each vessel, capable of accommodating up to 95 people, has a maximum speed of 25.5kt and an endurance of 21 days.

The vessel is propelled through the combined diesel/electric or diesel engine (CODLOD) hybrid propulsion system. It can accommodate a 10-tonne class helicopter on board for aerial support and an S-100 type unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) for surveillance and reconnaissance. The vessel also houses  two 7m rigid hull inflatable boats (RHIBs) for transport and rescue operations.

Gowind missions

The Gowind corvettes are ocean-capable vessels with capability for emerging missions such as anti-piracy, sea control and denial, combat, counter-terrorism, drug interdiction and anti-smuggling operations, oil and gas platform protection, search and rescue, fisheries protection, environmental protection, and humanitarian support.

The corvettes can be configured with the capability to deploy special forces and accommodate a range of commando equipment. The self-protection level can be selected from remotely controlled guns up to missile systems. The communications suites with satellite communications interface to the customer’s specified maritime surveillance networks.


The ships have high manoeuvrability with excellent sea-keeping capability. The special forces operations capability includes a quick launch and recovery stern-launch system for two rigid inflatable boats (RIBs) or unmanned surface vehicles (USVs).

The aviation capabilities, including automatic decking, enable safe operation of a helicopter and unmanned air vehicles.

Command and control

The vessel’s multi-function radar is installed in the integrated mast. The design of the bridge enables 360° panoramic surveillance. The combat systems are suited to the customer country’s requirements. The communications systems enable tactical information to be shared with other assets and land-based operation centres.

The Gowind’s combat management system, SETIS, is based on the SENIT CMS designed by Naval Group and Thales and incorporates commercial-off-the-shelf (COTS) open-system architecture and an efficient panoramic sensors and intelligence module (PSIM). A wide range of combat systems can be integrated into SETIS, which can be reconfigured to accommodate new and upgraded mission systems through the ship’s operational life.

Gowind-class weapons

The corvettes can be armed with the weapon systems tailored to the customer country’s mission requirements. The weapon systems include water cannons, 12.7mm remotely controlled machine guns, 20mm machine gun, 76mm naval gun on the forward gun deck, anti-ship missiles, ship self-defence system, and electronic warfare suite.


The propulsion is based on a diesel-driven propeller and waterjet system. The Gowind design does not incorporate a conventional funnel, and instead, has a waterline engine exhaust system. The configuration contributes to the ship’s low thermal signature and also enables the 360° vision capability from the bridge.

Gowind control corvette – Sovereignty Enforcer

The 1,000t Gowind control corvette (Sovereignty Enforcer) is designed for patrol and sovereignty enforcement in littoral and exclusive economic zone (EEZ) waters.

The hull length is 85m. The ship is armed with a 76mm cannon and can deploy a high-performance, high-capacity, rigid-hulled inflatable boat (RHIB).

Gowind presence corvette – High Seas Master

The 2,000t Gowind presence corvette (High Seas Master) has a sustained capacity for long-range intervention and long period at sea and can remain at sea for up to three weeks. The corvette is fitted with a helicopter hangar.

Gowind action corvette – Deterrent Warrior

The Gowind action corvette (Deterrent Warrior) is equipped with a suite of anti-air and anti-surface sensors and weapons systems, for example, the VL Mica vertically launched short-range air defence missile system and the Exocet MM40 anti-ship missiles.

Gowind combat corvette – Multi-Mission Combatant

The Gowind combat corvette (Multi-Mission Combatant) is equipped with full-scale mission systems for a multi-threat response, including full anti-submarine warfare (ASW) suite with a towed array sonar. The ship configuration includes improved stealth and survivability features.

The combat corvette is suitable for NATO task group operations.