CAIRO: Egyptian Navy Commander Osama Rabei met Monday with his French counterpart Admiral Bernard Roge in Paris to discuss enhancing military cooperation, Egyptian Ministry of Defense announced.
Roge affirmed his country’s interest in increasing military cooperation with Egypt to counter “maritime terrorism” and secure international maritime navigation, the statement added.
Rabei inspected the French Mistral-class “Tonnerre”, an amphibious assault helicopter carrier; he also also visited the headquarters of the French company “DCNS” where a number of military naval units are being newly built.
DCNS stated Oct. 12, 2015 that the company will deliver Egypt to mistral-class projection and command ships (BPCs) in summer 2016.
“After the contracts for the supply of four GOWIND corvettes and a FREMM frigate, we are proud that the Egyptian Navy continues to place its trust in us today by signing a contract for the delivery of two MISTRAL-class BPCs. With 7 combat ships already ordered to date and a latest-generation frigate already in operation in the Egyptian Navy, DCNS is thus participating in the modernization of the defence infrastructure of this strategic French ally,” said Chairperson and CEO of DCNS Hervé Guillou said in the statement.
In 2014, the French shipbuilder DCNS has signed contracts with Egypt to sell four Gowind-class corvettes for one billion Euros ($1.1 billion), an anonymous French official told AFP in July 2015.