SHAH ALAM: Walk like an Egyptian Part 4. The Egypt has taken delivery of its first locally build Gowind corvette, ENS Port Said – pennant number 976 on January 6. The handover ceremony was conducted at the Alexandria Shipyard where the ship and two others – Al Moez (977) and Luxor (978) – were built.
Port Said handing over took some 27 months as she was launched at the shipyard in September 2018. This is not surprising as she was the first to be built in Egypt and it is also likely her delivery was further complicated by the coronavirus pandemic.
Egyptian Navy first of class Gowind corvette El Fateh was built by Naval Group in France and delivered in 2017.
Release from the shipyard
Alexandria Shipyard Company celebrates the handover of the corvette “Port Said”
Today 6th of January 2021, Alexandria Shipyard Company celebrates the handover of the corvette “Port Said” (ENS 976) as the first Egyptian “Gowind” corvette that will join the service with the Egyptian naval fleet to carry out its combat missions.
The corvette “Port Said” was launched on 9/2018, and it is the first warship to be built with 100% Egyptian capacity resulting from fruitful technology transfer cooperation with the French side represented in “Naval Group” company.
The handover ceremony and the raising of the Egyptian flag held in the presence of The Commander-in-Chief of the Egyptian Navy “Vice Admiral / Ahmed Khaled Hassan” at Alexandria Shipyard before sailing to Alexandria naval base, “ENS 976” is the first of three Egyptian corvettes that will be joining the service with the naval forces according to a specific schedule.
The Egyptian Gowind Vessels of 102m Total Length, 16m Width, 2,600 tons Displacement and a maximum speed of 25 knots. The corvette is equipped with facilities for an embarked helicopter and drones. The Gowind corvette accommodates 65 crew members and is fitted with the Naval Group’s SETIS combat management system including Panoramic Sensors and Intelligence Module (PS1M).
A panoramic bridge offers 360° visibility and a single enclosed mast offers 360° Sensor visibility. The Gowind New Multi-Mission Corvette Type Designed for Surveillance, Surface and Subsurface Combat, Protection and Escort Naval Missions, It can also perform Maritime Surveillance and Policing Missions against Trafficking and Piracy.
It has many technical characteristics and modern armament systems that enable it to carry out all combat missions at sea, support and protect the land forces along the coast during offensive and defensive operations which makes it a tremendous technological addition to the capabilities of the naval forces in support of their ability to protect the Egyptian national security.
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