Third locally built Gowind class corvette for the Egyptian Navy

The Egyptian Navy has launched its third locally built Gowind class corvette, which was constructed at the Alexandria Shipyard. The ENS Luxor (986), built by the Alexandria Shipyard Company in cooperation with France’s Naval Group, was launched on 14 May. Naval Group said that with the Gowind programme, Alexandria Shipyard has upskilled from a civilian shipyard to being able to achieve complex military qualifications and high-quality results thanks to the cooperation with Naval Group’s local teams.

“The launching ceremony of the third warship built in Egypt celebrates the rise in competences of the Alexandria shipyard teams who are now able to build both civilian boats and military vessels. This is a new proof of our industrial cooperation,” Naval Group said. Egypt’s defence minister Mohamed Zaki attended the launch along with other dignitaries, including French Ambassador in Cairo, Stefan Romaté.

In 2014 Egypt ordered four Gowind vessels from France’s Naval Group (formerly DCNS) for one billion euros, with three to be built in Egypt. The first vessel, ENS El Fateh, was built in France and delivered to Egypt in October 2017.

Egypt’s first locally produced Gowind corvette, ENS Port Said, was launched during a ceremony in Alexandria on 6 September 2018 while the second locally built vessel, Al-Moez, was launched on 12 May 2019. The Gowind design selected by Egypt is fitted with… READ MORE HERE