News

Egypt Receives Second Mistral Helicopter Carrier, Named After Late President Sadat

Egypt Receives Second Mistral Helicopter Carrier, Named After Late President Sadat

Snapshot from Egyptian TV shows Egyptian Navy officials raising the country's flag on its first-ever French Mistral helicopter carrier, named after late president Gamal Abdel Nasser, June 2, 2016
Egyptian Navy officials raising the country’s flag on its first-ever French Mistral helicopter carrier, named after late president Gamal Abdel Nasser, June 2, 2016 (Photo: Al-Ahram)

Egypt received its second Mistral helicopter carrier from France on Friday, raising Egypt’s flag in a ceremony in the Atlantic coast port of Saint-Nazaire, Reuters reported.

The carrier, named after late Egyptian president Anwar El-Sadat, is one of two carriers Egypt purchased from France last year in a deal worth 950 million.

French Prime Minister Manuel Valls, French Minister of Defence Jean-Yves Le Drian and their Egyptian counterparts, Sherif Ismail and Sedky Sobhy attended the deal-signing ceremony, along with Egyptian president Abdel Fattah Al-Sisi and 63 French diplomats and journalists.

France had originally built the warships for Russia in a deal that would have cost the latter 1.2 billion euros, but France cancelled the sale in 2014 after the Russia’s role in the Ukraine crisis.

French President François Hollande announced in September of last year that he had agreed to a sales deal with his Egyptian counterpart despite the significant drop in pricing.

The deal comes as part of an overall strengthening of bilateral cooperation between Egypt and France since Sisi became Egypt’s president in 2014. A number of major arms deals, including a USD 5.6 billion sale of 24 Rafale jets, have been signed between the countries, reflecting Egypt’s push to diversify its military relations.

During French President Francois Hollande’s visit to Egypt in April, the two countries signed agreements worth over USD 2 billion, including deals in the fields of energy, defense and security.

Egypt Court Freezes Assets of Hossam Bahgat, Gamal Eid, Other Rights Defenders
UNESCO: Egypt Among World's Lowest in Research Spending

Subscribe to our newsletter


News

More in News

30 Policemen Killed in a Shootout in Egypt’s Western Desert

Egyptian StreetsOctober 20, 2017

Greek Pianist Plays Cavafy Poems as Part of the 2017 Cavafia in Egypt

Maydaa Abo El NadarOctober 20, 2017

With New Power Plants, Egypt’s Solar Investments Surge in 2017

Egyptian StreetsOctober 19, 2017

Egypt Approves First Major Draft Traffic Law in 40 Years

Egyptian StreetsOctober 19, 2017

‘The Show Goes On’: Theatrical Performances Feature Stories of Women in Egypt

Engy AdhamOctober 18, 2017

Climate Change Triggered Social Unrest in Ancient Egypt: Study

Egyptian StreetsOctober 18, 2017

13 Egyptian Businesses Make Forbes’ Top List of Arab Startups

Egyptian StreetsOctober 17, 2017

About 276 Killed in Deadly Truck Bombings in Mogadishu, Somalia

Egyptian StreetsOctober 17, 2017
Egyptian Streets is an independent, young, and grass roots news media organization aimed at providing readers with an alternate depiction of events that occur on Egyptian and Middle Eastern streets, and to establish an engaging social platform for readers to discover and discuss the various issues that impact the region.

© 2017 Egyptian Streets. All Rights Reserved.