Egypt receives two fast missile crafts from US

23 June 2015 (Last Updated June 23rd, 2015 18:30)

The Egyptian Navy has received two fast missile craft from the US, increasing the number of its fast missile vessels to four.

Fast Missile Craft

The Egyptian Navy has received two fast missile craft from the US, increasing the number of its fast missile vessels to four.

Built in Pascagoula in Mississippi, the vessels arrived in the port of Alexandria on board a US transport ship.

The naval vessels will help Egypt to ensure regional security, counter terrorism, and protect global commerce.

US Embassy senior defence official major general Charles Hooper said: "The fast missile craft directly supports maritime and regional security, which includes protecting vital waterways, such as the Suez Canal and the Red Sea.

"This delivery is a sign of America's ongoing commitment to Egypt and to our shared security interests in Egypt and the region."

The new vessels are designed to support the country to combat its current maritime surface threats and offer freedom of navigation.

"This delivery is a sign of America's ongoing commitment to Egypt and to our shared security interests."

The vessels will carry out coastal patrol surveillance and maritime searches in order to protect civilian and commercial vessels that are entering country's territorial waters.

The delivery of these vessels is part of a $1.1bn US investment in the bilateral strategic partnership. The fast missile craft project between the US and Egypt began in 2005.

In March this year, the US lifted the embargo on military equipment to Egypt, which was imposed after the military took power in 2013.

In addition, US President Barack Obama has stated that he will continue to ask Congress for $1.3bn in military aid for Egypt per year.


Image: The new vessels are designed to support the country to combat with its current maritime surface threats and offer freedom of navigation. Photo: courtesy of the US Department of State.