Navy celebrates arrival of Mistral carrier Anwar Sadat in Alexandria
Friday، 07 October 2016 - 02:16 PM
The Egyptian Navy on Thursday 06/10/2016 welcomed the Mistral-class Landing Helicopter Dock – named after late president Anwar El-Sadat – which arrived in the coastal city of Alexandria coinciding with the country's celebrations of the 43rd anniversary of 1973 war victory against Israel.
Naval ships blared sirens and flapped flags while national songs were chanted to celebrate the arrival of the amphibious assault ship to Alexandria.
Egypt's naval commander Osama Rabei conveyed greetings of President Abdel Fattah El Sisi and Defense Minister Colonel General Sedki Sobhi to the crew.
This is the second carrier that Egypt has officially received this year. In June, Egypt received the first Mistral helicopter dock -- named after late president Gamal Abdel-Nasser -- in Alexandria, coming from the French city of Toulouse.
The Mistral deal is part of several defense contracts Egypt has signed with France. The European country is now topping the list of countries to have signed military supply agreements with Egypt during the term of President Abdel Fattah El Sisi.