DCNS delivers second Egyptian LHD
The second of two Landing Helicopter Dock (LHD) vessels, Anwar El Sadat, has been handed over to the Egyptian Navy by DCNS.
The Egyptian Ministry of Defence ordered two Mistral-class LHDs in October 2015. The first vessel, Gamal Abdel Nasser, was delivered in June 2016.
Anwar El Sadat will now sail to its home port of Alexandria, and undertake a joint exercise with the French Navy, which operates three LHDs.
The Mistral-class LHD is designed for a wide spectrum of civil and military missions. With a length of 199m, a displacement of 22,000t and a speed exceeding 18kts, the vessel can transport troops, equipment, heavy helicopters and landing craft. It is equipped with a pod-based electric propulsion system, has an on-board hospital, and can carry out large-scale humanitarian missions.
Hervé Guillou, chairman and CEO, DCNS, said: ‘The delivery of LHD Anwar El Sadat is a demonstration of trust that we have established with the Arab Republic of Egypt to support the expansion of its navy. We are very proud to see, being brought under the Egyptian flag, a ship which is the result of the French industrial excellence.’
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