The Gamal Abdel Nasser a helicopter carrier of the French Mistral class. It was originally built for the Russian Navy, subsequently the contract was cancelled by France and agreement on compensation reached with the Russian government.
Egypt and France concluded the deal to acquire the two former Russian Mistral for roughly 950 million euros.
In August 2015, a French diplomatic source confirmed that President 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. Subsequently, Egypt and France concluded the deal to acquire the two former Russian Mistral for roughly 950 million euros, including the costs of training Egyptian crews.
DCNS chairman and CEO Hervé Guillou said:
“The delivery of the Landing Helo Dock (LHD) Gamal Abdel Nasser consolidates our relationship with the Arab Republic of Egypt which can count on the total commitment of DCNS and its partners to successfully conduct all of the programmes entrusted to us.
I would also like to thank the French Government authorities who constantly supported us on this contract.
Furthermore, this delivery once again demonstrates our ability to efficiently cooperate with our partner STX France in order to meet the expectations of our client, within strict respects of budgets and deadlines.”
Speaking on RMC Radio at the time, Jean-Yves Le Drian, French Defence Minister, said that Egypt had already paid the whole price for the helicopter carriers.
At the start of June DCNS delivered the first of two helicopter carriers acquired by Egypt, the Gamal Abdel Nasser.
Before sailing to its home port of Alexandria, the helicopter carrier Gamal Abdel Nasser will participate in a joint exercise between the Egyptian and French Navies.