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Egypt to receive first Mistral helicopter carrier from France on Thursday

Ahram Online , Tuesday 31 May 2016
In this Friday, Sept. 5, 2014 file photo, the Vladivostok warship, the first of two Mistral-class helicopter carriers ordered by Russia, docks on the port of Saint-Nazaire, western France. France says Wednesday Sept.23, 2015 (AP)
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Egypt is set to receive its first Mistral-class Landing Helicopter Dock (LHD) warship from France on Thursday, Al-Ahram newspaper reported.

The paper reported Tuesday that the inauguration of the Mistral, which will raise the Egyptian flag and sail from France's Toulouse to Egypt, will be attended by Egyptian defense minister Sedki Sobhi and his French counterpart Jean-Yves Le Drian.

The LHD warship is set to be named after the late Egyptian President Gamal Abdel-Nasser.

Earlier this month, 170 Egyptian crewmen sailed in a week-long training operation to familiarize themselves with ship.

According to AFP, another Mistral helicopter carrier, named after the late Egyptian President Anwar El-Sadat, will be delivered in September.

The contract for the two Mistral carriers, which was finalized in September last year, was valued at 950 million euros.‎

France now tops the list of countries to have signed ‎military supply agreements with Egypt during the term of President Abdel-‎Fattah El-Sisi after a May arrangement that witnessed the signing of a series of bilateral military cooperation deals. ‎

Earlier in May, Cairo finalised the purchase of a military reconnaissance and ‎monitoring satellite.

Last year Egypt successfully concluded ‎contracts for 24 Rafale fighter planes of which seven have been delivered.

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31-05-2016 08:45pm
I am sure it will be put to good use. You can't buy or train the navy personnel when you really need this carrier it takes time. Readiness is key in keeping ever so desperate terrorists at bay. This will increase effective coastal servalance to eliminate insergency by inflatable vessels so common today. Keep Egypt safe, without security you got nothing. Just ask Syrians, Libyans, Iraqis and Turks.
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31-05-2016 08:00pm
Laughing heir heads off
"The contract for the two Mistral carriers was valued at 950 million euros" ... "‎Last year Egypt concluded ‎contracts for 24 Rafale fighters worth 6 billion Euro" ... The French are laughing heir heads off; how stupid the Egyptian government is!
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