The Egyptian Navy is the maritime branch of the Egyptian Armed Forces. It is the largest navy in the Middle East and Africa, and is the sixth largest in the world measured by the number of vessels.The navy’s missions include protection of more than 2000 kilometers of coastline of the Mediterranean Sea and the Red Sea, defense of approaches to the Suez Canal, and support for army operations.
The majority of the Egyptian Navy was created with the help of the Soviet Union in the 1960. The navy received ships in the 1980 from China and other, western, sources. In 1989, the Egyptian Navy had 18000 personnel as well as 2000 personnel in the Coast Guard.
The Egyptian Navy will be restructured into two different fleets, one for the Mediterranean sea and the other for the Red Sea. This in a context where the safety of shipping in the Red Sea is becoming increasingly important.
The Egyptian Navy has adopted the 60m diesel-powered Ambassador MK 3 fast missile patrol craft. The construction of the boats began in spring 2001. Egypt already had an older version of the Ambassador patrol craft in service, but the new boats would contain an update in design meant to make the vessels more resistant to radar detection. Design was conducted with the assistance of Lockheed Martin. Throughout recent years, Egypt has been constructing various Ramos-grade shipyards, which are capable of making more recent vessels like larger fast attack crafts, low-grade aircraft carriers and nuclear submarines, though none of the aforementioned vessles have been constructed there.
The navy is currently undergoing a modernization of its surface fleet. On 16 February 2015, the Egyptian Navy ordered one FREMM multipurpose frigate from the French shipbuilder DCNS to enter service before the opening of the New Suez Canal. The ageing submarine fleet is to be replaced starting in 2016 when the first of four Type 209 submarine’s worth €920 million start arriving from Germany.
On 7 August 2015, Le Monde reported that Egypt and Saudi Arabia are in discussions with France to purchase the two amphibious assault ship Mistral class originally intended for Russia. Le Monde quoted a French diplomatic source as confirming that French President François Hollande discussed the matter with Egyptian President Abdel Fattah el-Sisi during his visit to Egypt during the inauguration of the New Suez Canal in Ismailia.On 24 September 2015, the French presidency announced that an agreement had been reached with Egypt for the supply of the two Mistrals.
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