Egyptian Navy took delivery of its first locally-built Gowind 2500 multi-mission corvette, ENS Port Said (976), from Alexandria Shipyard on Jan. 6.
The handover ceremony and the raising of the Egyptian flag were held in the presence of the Commander-in-Chief of the Egyptian Navy Vice Admiral Ahmed Khaled Hassan at Alexandria Shipyard facility. The vessel then sailed to the Navy’s Alexandria Naval Base.
ENS Port Said was built in cooperation and under technology transfer with French shipbuilder, Naval Group and is the first corvette to be built locally in Egypt. It is the second Gowind 2500 corvette operated by the Navy after the lead ship of class, ENS El Fateh (971).
Egypt has signed the €1 billion contract with DCNS (now Naval Group) to buy four Gowind 2,500-ton corvettes with an option for two more. Three of the corvettes are to be built locally by the Alexandria Shipyard with a technology transfer agreement.
The Egyptian Gowind vessels has an overall length of 102m, a width of 16m, displacement of 2,600 tons and a maximum speed of 25 knots. The corvette is equipped with facilities for an embarked helicopter and drones.
The 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 vessels are 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. The vessels have 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.
In September 2016, Naval Group launched the first Egyptian Gowind corvette ENS El Fateh (971) at the Lorient naval shipyard in France. The Egyptian Navy took delivery of the vessel in September 2017, 3 years after the order was placed.
Alexandria Shipyard started cutting metal for first locally-built corvette, ENS Port Said, in April 2016 and the vessel was launched on Sept. 6, 2018.
The Gowind design is a family of steel monohull corvettes developed since 2006 by DCNS to conduct missions in littoral zone such as anti-submarine warfare (ASW). The Gowind family includes vessels with lengths from 85 m to 102 m and displacement from 1,000 t to 2,500 t.
The corvette’s primary weapon is an OTO Melara 76 mm main gun and it is also equipped with two Nexter Narwhal 20 mm cannons. Gowind 2500 is also armed with 16 VL MICA surface-to-air missiles in VLS launcher, eight MBDA MM40 Exocet anti-ship missile launchers and two triple torpedo launchers.
The Gowind design can deploy Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAVs), Unmanned Surface Vehicles (USVs) and Underwater Unmanned Vehicles (UUVs). An aft deck has been provided allowing for a 10-ton class helicopter or Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (UAV) operations.
The multi-mission corvette is designed for surveillance, surface and subsurface combat, protection and escort naval missions. It can also perform presence, maritime surveillance and policing missions against trafficking and piracy.