Egypt's Sisi attends navy manoeuvre, raises flag over new frigate
Ahram Online, Thursday 17 Mar 2016
The new multipurpose FREMM frigate 'Tahya Misr, Arabic for 'Long live Egypt,' was purchased from France last summer

Egypt's President Abdel-Fattah El-Sisi attended Thursday the launch of the navy manoeuvre "Zat El-Sawary" in Alexandria among top military officials including Minister of Defence Sedki Sobhi and Chief of Staff Mahmoud Hegazy, the presidency said in a statement.

"The manoeuvre included many activities and training operations tasks, including securing the range of the navy, as well as developing means of communication, the movement of ships, securing offshore units, and the implementation of all forms of sea defences against enemy targets," the presidency said.

President El-Sisi raised Egypt's flag on new FREMM frigate "Tahya Misr", Arabic for "Long live Egypt," at the beginning of the manoeuvres.

Egypt purchased the multipurpose frigate from France last summer. The vessel weighs almost 2,000 tons and is 142 metres in length.