File Photo: Two Mistral-class helicopter carriers received by Egypt at the STX Les Chantiers de l'Atlantique shipyard site in Saint-Nazaire, western France, May 21, 2015 (Photo: Reuters)
Egypt will welcome on Thursday its second Mistral-class Landing Helicopter Dock – named after the late president Anwar El-Sadat -- coinciding with the country's celebrations of the 43rd anniversary of 1973 war against Israel, state owned MENA agency reported.
According to the agency, the Mistral is currently on its way to Egypt's coastal governorate of Alexandria following a conclusion of joint naval exercises between the Egyptian and French navies.
The exercises included a number of activities such as both forces planning and carrying out naval offences.
In September, the Mistral was initially received by Egypt's Vice Admiral Osama Rabie during an inauguration ceremony at Saint-Nazaire harbour in western France.
This is the second carrier that Egypt has officially received this year in the period of approximately three months. In June it 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 defence contracts Egypt has signed with France, with the European country now topping the list of countries to have signed military supply agreements with Egypt during the term of President Abdel-Fattah El-Sisi.