Egypt receives first Gowind corvette from France
Friday، 22 September 2017 - 02:21 PM
Egypt received on Friday 22/09/2017 the first Gowind corvette from the French Naval Group company.
The corvette, named "El Fateh" is part of a contract signed in 2014 between the two countries according to which Egypt is set to acquire four corvettes from France.
The first was to be built in France, while the three others would be built in Egypt under a technology transfer program.
Commander of the Egyptian Navy Ahmed Khaled conveyed greetings from Egyptian President Abdel Fattah El Sisi and Defense Minister Sedqi Sobhi to commander of the French Navy Christophe Prazuck.
The move comes within the framework of bilateral cooperation between the Egyptian and French navies.
Commander of the Egyptian Navy Ahmed Khaled is leading a high-level Egyptian military delegation at the ceremony.
The national anthems of Egypt and France were played as part of the hand-over ceremony.
The event was also attended by chairman of the Naval Group company Hervé Guillou as well as the deputy chief of the French Navy.
Khaled will deliver a speech on this occasion and the Egyptian flag will be raised on the corvette.
Vice-Admiral Ahmed Khaled raised the Egyptian flag aboard the Gowind 2500 corvette in France’s Lorient port ahead of the vessel making its way to Egypt.
Verses of the holy Quran were recited and a documentary showing the phases of building the corvette and training of its crew was played.
El Fateh corvette is 103 meters long and can walk for 4,000 nautical miles at a maximum speed of 25 knots.
The ship can also carry up to 2,540 tons and can execute all naval combat duties.