The Egyptian Navy has received first of four Gowind 2500 corvettes from France's Naval Group in a ceremony at a company shipyard in Lorient Friday.
Naval Group, formerly known as DCNS, said in a press release that the corvette was delivered in just 36 months after it was ordered.
"Design, build and testing have been achieved in a record of three years," Naval Group President and Chief Executive Officer Hervé Guillou said. "Naval Group and its industrial partners are mobilized to assist Egypt in the local construction [and] in technology transfer of the three following corvettes. Once again I would like to enhance the exceptional professionalism of the Egyptian crew members and engineers."
Gowind 2500 corvettes are modular in design. The vessel has a range of 3,700 nautical miles at 15 knots and carries a crew of 80.
Naval Group said the navy of Malaysia has also ordered six of the vessels.