France's Naval Group announced on 3 December that it had signed a five-year in-service support agreement with the Egyptian Navy.
The agreement covers vessels supplied by Naval Group to Egypt, and will be managed by a new Naval Group subsidiary business in the Egyptian port of Alexandria. A formal contract has yet to be concluded, however Naval Group noted in a statement that the agreement "lays ground to the contract framing the maintenance activity".
Naval Group has a strong position in Egypt that it has been building since 2014, when a contract for four Gowind corvettes was signed with Cairo. The first vessel was built at the company's Lorient facility in France, and a further three were earmarked for construction at the Alexandria Shipyard. The first Egyptian-built vessel was launched in September 2018.
The company also delivered the FREMM multimission frigate Tahya Misr to the Egyptian Navy in 2015. The vessel was originally intended for the French Navy, but refurbished to meet French export controls and Egyptian requirements.
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