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Helicopter Carrier Delivered to the Egyptian Navy

DCNS delivered LHD (Land- term multiannual maintenance ing Helicopter Dock) Anwar El contracts for Egyptian Navy

Sadat, the second of two helicop- vessels, as well as a technology- ter carriers acquired by the Arab transfer agreement allowing the

Republic of Egypt. Alexandria shipyards to build

The ? ag transfer ceremony three of the four Gowind cor- took place September 16, 2016 in vettes acquired in 2014.

the presence of the two Chiefs of The LHD Anwar El Sadat left

Staff of the Egyptian and French Saint-Nazaire to sail to its home navies, Admiral Rabie and Ad- port of Alexandria. On this oc- miral Prazuck, the chairman and casion, the Egyptian and French

CEO of DCNS, Hervé Guillou, navies will participate in a joint and the president of STX France, exercise. Since June, 180 Egyp-

Laurent Castaing, together with tian sailors have been receiving senior French and Egyptian of? - training in Saint-Nazaire on this cials. By 2020, DCNS will have LHD. In all, close to 400 Egyp- supplied seven combat vessels tian sailors will have received to Egypt, thus contributing to training in this way.

the modernization of the Arab Able to conduct a wide range

Republic of Egypt’s defense sys- of civil and military missions, tem. the Mistral-class LHD is a ves-

LHD Anwar El Sadat.

On October 10, 2015, DCNS sel that responds to the needs of signed a contract with the Min- numerous navies thanks to its istry of Defense of the Arab Re- versatility. public of Egypt for the supply of With a length of 199m, a dis- two Mistral-class Landing Heli- placement of 22,000 metric tons copter Dock vessels (LHDs), the and a speed exceeding 18 knots, ? rst of which, LHD Gamal Ab- the Mistral-class LHD vessel del Nasser, was delivered June is characterized by its high ca- 2, 2016. The ? ag transfer for the pacity for the transportation of two helicopter carriers forms an troops, equipment, heavy heli- integral part of the continuity of copters and landing craft, which the strategic partnership with the it is capable of projecting around

Egyptian Ministry of Defense the world. It is equipped with an formalized already in July 2014 electric propulsion system that through the signature of a con- uses pods. tract for the sale of four Gowind It also has an onboard hospital, corvettes, then in August 2015 and can carry out large-scale hu- through the delivery to the Egyp- manitarian missions. Its highly tian Navy of the FREMM multi- capable communication system mission frigate Tahya Misr. makes it a good command vessel

DCNS has also secured long within a naval force.

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