The Egyptian Navy has received a multi-mission FREMM frigate, Tahya Misr, from French shipyard group DCNS.
The vessel was originally built for the French Navy, but was transferred to Egypt after consideration of the country’s urgent order for the vessel. DCNS has performed the adaptation and outfitting work required for the Egyptian Navy.
DCNS chairman and CEO Hervé Guillou said: "The supply of this latest-generation frigate comes on top of the contract for four GOWIND 2500 corvettes signed in 2014.
"We are very proud to supply the Egyptian Navy with high-tech ships, which will contribute towards the renewal of their surface-ship fleet."
The 142m-long and 20m-wide Tahya Misr has a displacement of 6,000t and will be capable of cruising at a maximum speed of 27k.
The FREMM frigate features high-tech sensors and weapons, integrated with the SETIS combat system and weapons systems and equipment including the Herakles multifunction radar, the Aster and Exocet MM 40 missiles, or the MU 90 torpedoes.
DCNS has already started training Egyptian crew to operate the vessel and DCNS and its partners accompany the crew for a period of 15 months.
The training programme runs through several phases, including theoretical modules, on-land training using platforms and simulators, and then onboard training.
The company is also responsible for delivering life support services for five years.
In April, DCNS started construction on the Egyptian Navy’s first Gowind 2500 corvette in Lorient.
DCNS will construct the four corvettes both in France and Egypt with the first vessel expected to be delivered in 2017.
Image: Officials during the transferring ceremony of the Tahya Misr FREMM to the Egyptian flag. Photo: courtesy of DCNS.