Egyptian Navy takes delivery of 1st locally built warship

The Egyptian Navy has taken delivery of the corvette Port Said (ENS 976) — the first warship 100% built in Egypt.

Port Said is the second Gowind 2500 corvette ordered by the Egyptian Navy and built at Alexandria Shipyard under a transfer of technology agreement with French defense contractor Naval Group.

Photo: Alexandria Shipyard

The handover and flag-raising ceremony took place at Alexandria Shipyard in Alexandria on 6 January 2021.

The ship will be carrying out combat and other missions as part of the Egyptian Navy fleet.

Launched in 2018, Port Said is the second Gowind 2500 corvette ordered by the navy.

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The first ship from the batch, ENS El Fateh, was completed by Naval Group in France and delivered to the navy in September 2017. The third unit, Al-Moez (981), was launched in May 2019 and the fourth, ENS Luxor (986), in May 2020.

Displacing 2,600 tonnes, the ships are crewed by 65 persons — including the helicopter detachment — and can reach a speed of 25 knots.

With a length of 102 meters, the corvettes are equipped with the SETIS combat system and the Panoramic Sensors and Intelligence Module (PSIM) in addition to a 76mm Oto Melara gun, vertical launch cells for MBDA’s MICA missile and torpedo launchers.

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Photo: Alexandria Shipyard