UK sells Royal Navy ships to Egypt for first time in 30 years



Fri, 29 Oct 2021 - 08:17 GMT


Fri, 29 Oct 2021 - 08:17 GMT


CAIRO – 29 October 2021: The United Kingdom announced, Friday selling military vessels to Egypt for the first time in more than 30 years.

Clive Walker, the Head of DESA, which is part of Defence Equipment and Support (DE&S), said: “DESA is exceptionally happy to be working with the Egyptian Navy on the regeneration of two former Royal Fleet Auxiliary ships.



“This represents a tangible demonstration of the strengthening relationship between the two navies and the importance of the strategic relationship between the UK and Egypt.” Walker added in a statement published on the Defence Equipment and Support website affiliated with UK Defence Ministry.

According to the websites the two sold military vessels, Fort Austin and Fort Rosalie, have two flight decks, which means as well as traditional replenishment at sea they are also able to use helicopters to offload supplies.

Vice Admiral Chris Gardner, DE&S Director General Ships, said: “Fort Austin and Fort Rosalie have both served the Royal Fleet Auxiliary, Royal Navy and many of our allies with distinction, across the globe both at peacetime and during conflict.

“Their sale to the Egyptian Navy – the first sale of UK military vessels to this partner in more than 30 years – represents both an investment in a UK partner nation and an opportunity to continue supporting our industry partners who will prepare these vessels to hand over, which is central to the successful National Shipbuilding Strategy.” Gardner added.



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