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Egypt raises flag on its first-ever French Mistral helicopter carrier

The transfer was inaugurated in a celebration at the port of Toulouse in France; Cairo has named the carrier after late president Nasser

Ahram Online , Thursday 2 Jun 2016
Mistral
Snapshot from State TV shows Egyptian Navy officials raise the Egyptian flag on its first-ever French Mistral helicopter carrier
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Egyptian navy officers raised the country's flag Thursday on the first Mistral-class Landing Helicopter Dock (LHD) which Cairo acquired from France in 2015.

Egypt has named the carrier after the late Egyptian President Gamal Abdel Nasser.

The transfer of the Mistral took place in an inauguration ceremony at the port of Toulouse attended by the Egyptian Minister of Defence Sedki Sobhi and the commander of the French naval forces as well as other top military officials from both countries.

Sobhi had traveled on Wednesday to France to attend the celebration of the carrier's transfer to Cairo in Toulouse.

Sedki was accompanied by a military delegation that included the Head of the Egyptian Naval Forces Osama Rabie.

French and Egyptian military offiicials held a short press conference on Thursday morning before the commencement of the flag-raising ceremony.

French Navy Commander Admiral Bernard Rogel explained during the presser that the Mistral delivered to Egypt is one of the most technologically advanced carrier of its kind manufactured by his country.

"We are extremely happy with our joint Egyptian-French success and we look forward to more cooperation [with Cairo] to combat terrorism," says Rogel.

The Egyptian Navy Commander Osama Rabie said during the presser he was honoured to recieve the first mistral ever to serve in in Egypt and the Middle East.

Rabie said advanced military equipment such as the Mistral are key to defend Egypt given the challenges currently facing the MENA region.

The celebration was attended by tens of Egyptian naval officers who recently received training on the Minstral by French officers.

Earlier this month, 170 Egyptian crewmen participated in a week-long training on board the carrier to prepare for taking over its helm.

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

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

France now tops the list of countries which signed military supply agreements with Egypt during the two-year tenure of President Abdel-Fattah El-Sisi.

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

Last year, Egypt successfully concluded ‎a purchase of 24 Rafale fighter planes, seven of which were recentlt delivered to Cairo.

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Babies
04-06-2016 03:54am
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The family silver
The Navy and army babies want to play with expensive toys, the closest they ever been to an aircraft carrier is at the movies, drooling over their popcorn and termis. They kept asking daddy Sisi, could we get one of these toys please, please, please, please; his conscious wouldn’t have allowed him to waste the little money he guards for the Egyptian people, so he borrowed, begged, and sold the family silver Islands to buy the expensive toy for his spoiled brats !
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Gallie
03-06-2016 04:49am
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Every Egyptian is proud today
We show the world , how with a begging bowl and selling lands we could buy useless toys. Our wheat storage will last only for few weeks, our foreign reserves are dwindling at faster rate, we may soon declare bankruptcy. Our excellency show cases to the nation, how we managed to buy a weapon using borrowed money??.? Long Live Egypt The French is going to give this machine to anyone who pays them, so what is great about this ?
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Key
02-06-2016 07:33pm
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Long Live Egypt!
Congrats once more to all Egyptians. Let that be one of a multitude of consecutive examples that the persistence of the Egyptian army and its people are here to stay growing ever so united in order to eradicate the barefaced foreign backed exported terrorism. Eradicating terrorism also applies to some comments of individuals below who are knowingly contributing to terrorism while enjoying their freedom of speech by posting fictional comments via Egyptian media such as AO, etc.. No ones going to stop you so enjoy however understand that you're wasting your time. Without an army and it's people united as one, there is no country. Tahya Misr! (Long live Egypt!).
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Sailor
02-06-2016 03:42pm
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Navy skills
If the Egyptian Navy can’t even put a simple flag post straight on the aircraft carrier, which is a very simple technical task; can they really operate the complex systems of the vessel? Does the ‘transfer’ come with a French crew knows how to operate the ship?
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Allen
03-06-2016 02:59am
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Inept observation by a "sailor"
All flag poles at the stern of a ship lean towards the sea. Furthermore all flag poles on an aircraft carrier are intended to fold for safety reasons. Let's hope you are not in charge of anything more complex then a tricycle.
Allen
03-06-2016 02:56am
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Inept observation by a "sailor"
All flag poles at the stern of a ship lean towards the sea. Furthermore all flag poles on an aircraft carrier are intended to fold for safety reasons. Let's hope you are not in charge of anything more complex then a tricycle.
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Al
02-06-2016 01:40pm
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In the meantime ...
Saudi raises 2 flags on 2 Egyptian islands ... Egyptian government incompetence has no limits; wasting billions on useless toys, their only value is to compensate for their tiny 'egos'; and giving away Egyptian land for handouts!
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