Egypt Launches Second Gowind® Class Frigate in Alexandria

Daily News Egypt Egyptian Army Naval Group15.05.2019 Egypt
Egypt Launches Second Gowind® Class Frigate in Alexandria

Egypt Launches Second Gowind® Class Frigate in Alexandria

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General Mohamed Farid, Chief-of-Staff of Egyptian Armed Forces, launched on Sunday the country’s second Gowind® Class Corvette Frigate, named Al-Moaz, in Alexandria, according to a Sunday statement by the Egyptian army.

The frigate was built by Egyptian hands with the cooperation of France at the Alexandria Maritime Shipyard, the army added.

 Top army Commanders, engineers, and workers of the Alexandria Maritime Shipyard as well as the French Consul General in Alexandria, Janina Herrera, attended the inauguration ceremony.

 Herrera hailed the skills and qualifications of Egyptian engineers of the Alexandria Maritime Shipyard, and asserted the strength of the Egyptian-French relations.

 The new frigate is part of a deal of €1 billion ($1.12 billion) with French Naval Group company signed in 2014 to provide four frigates to Egypt’s naval forces.

 The warships are considered the most updatable unit in Egypt’s navy, as they contribute to securing free navigation and the Suez Canal.

 The vessels are also capable of carrying out a range of missions from the protection of sovereignty to combating terrorism and illegal trafficking.

 In September 2017, Egypt received the first corvette frigate manufactured by the French company. In 2018, Egypt launched the first home-made frigate.

 Gowind® is a multi-mission frigate and is Naval Group’s response to 21st century defense and security challenges. The platform combines high survivability characteristics with outstanding anti-air (AAW), anti-surface (ASuW) and anti- submarine (ASW) warfare performances thanks to the MU90 and to the CANTO®-V.

 The Gowind® is operated with the SETIS®. This state-of-the-art combat is combat-proven on the French Navy’s FREMM frigates and interoperable with NATO systems. It provides the operator with the best management and decision-making aids, ensuring the Gowind® supremacy over conventional and asymmetric threats.

 Nine of the ten Gowind® vessels contracted are being built with foreign partners in Malaysia and Egypt.

 In September 2017, Egypt received the first corvette frigate manufactured by the French company. In 2018, Egypt launched the first home-made frigate. 

 

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