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Egypt receives second Mistral LHD

19 September 2016
A still from a video released by the Egyptian Ministry of Defence on 16 September shows an L-Cat docking with Anwar el-Sadat. Source: Egyptian Ministry of Defence

The second of Egypt's two Mistral-class landing helicopter dock (LHD) amphibious warfare vessels, ENS Anwar el-Sadat (L 1020), was handed over to the Egyptian Navy in the French port of Saint-Nazaire on 16 September.

The first Egyptian LHD, Gamal Abdel Nasser (L 1010), was handed over on 2 June, and is now based in Alexandria.

DCNS, one of the French companies that built the ships, said Anwar el-Sadat would leave for Egypt in the coming days and will participate in a joint exercise with the French Navy during the voyage.

It added that 180 Egyptian sailors have been training on the LHD since June. "They completed a remarkable task in just a few months of work, with the support of the DCNS instructors and our partners STX France and [the French Ministry of Defence's] Défense Conseil International," it said.

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