Friday,21 September, 2018
Current issue | Issue 1312, (22-28 September 2016)
Friday,21 September, 2018
Issue 1312, (22-28 September 2016)

Ahram Weekly

Second Mistral docks

Al-Ahram Weekly

ON 16 SEPTEMBER Egypt received the second French Mistral helicopter carrier, part of a $1 billion deal signed last year. The first, named after former president Gamal Abdel-Nasser, arrived a few months ago. The second ship, docked at a ceremony in the port of Alexandria in the Mediterranean, was named after Nasser’s successor, former president Anwar Al-Sadat.

The Anwar Al-Sadat sailed from Saint-Nazaire early last week for joint exercises with the French navy before setting off for Alexandria.

The two ships were originally built for Russia but the sale was cancelled.

The Mistral is known as the “Swiss army knife” of the French navy for its versatility. Capable of carrying vessels and tanks, it will serve as command centres for the Egyptian fleet. Cairo has tried to boost its military power in the face of a two-year insurgency in northern Sinai and fears that civil war in neighbouring Libya could spill over.

Egypt also ordered four Corvette warships, 100 metres long, to be built in two years.

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