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TKMS hands over second Egyptian MEKO frigate

30th May 2023 - 16:00 GMT | by The Shephard News Team in London


Egypt is procuring four MEKO A-200 EN frigates from TKMS. (Photo: TKMS)

German shipbuilder ThyssenKrupp Marine Systems (TKMS) has handed over the second of four MEKO A-200 EN frigates to the Egyptian Navy.

During a 26 May ceremony at Bremerhaven, Germany, the ship was named Al-Qahhar and accepted by the Egyptian Navy.

Under the programme, three MEKO A-200 EN frigates are being built in Germany, and the fourth ship will be built locally at Egypt's Alexandria Shipyard.

Work on Al-Qahhar began in December 2019, with the keel laid in March 2020. The vessel was then later launched in August 2021.

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The third ship of the programme will be handed over by TKMS later this year.

Commander in Chief of the Egyptian Navy, VAdm Ashraf Ibrahim Atwa, said: 'This project is considered a role model for many countries in the field of joint military industrialisation,'

'Today, with the delivery of the 'Al-Qahhar' frigate, our project has reached its midway.'

The vessels have been ordered to replace the ageing US Oliver Hazard Perry-class frigates, which comprise the bulk of the Egyptian Navy's escort fleet.

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