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Egypt naval forces depart to France for naval drill

First sea trials of the French-made Gowind 2500 corvette El Fateh, made for the Egyptian Navy [Ahmed XIV / Wikipedia]
First sea trials of the French-made Gowind 2500 corvette El Fateh, made for the Egyptian Navy [Ahmed XIV / Wikipedia]

Egyptian naval forces left for France on Sunday to take part in a joint exercise with French troops, according to the Egyptian military.

The drill aims to enhance naval security cooperation and exchange expertise between forces of both countries, a military statement said.

The exercise also aims to “get acquainted with different combat doctrines and deal with the latest technologies in combat systems”, the statement said.

Since mid-2014, Cairo and Paris have signed a range of arms deals, making France – alongside the US and Russia – one of Egypt’s main sources for weapons.

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