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Egypt, French Navies Launch Joint Exercises in Mediterranean

Sputnik News

21:16 06.03.2016

French navies will take part in Egyptian naval and aviation exercises in the Mediterranean sea, named 'Ramses-2016', according to the Arab Republic of Egypt's Defense Ministry.

CAIRO (Sputnik) – The French and Egyptian navies launched naval and aviation exercises in the Mediterranean, the Arab Republic of Egypt's Defense Ministry said Sunday.

The 'Ramses-2016' drills would span several days and be held in Egypt's territorial waters, the ministry's representatives told reporters.

They noted that the FREMM Tahya Misr ('Long Live Egypt') multi-purpose frigate, which entered service with the Egyptian Navy in mid-2015, will take part in the joint exercises.

Paris and Cairo signed a contract in October 2015, paving way for Egypt to purchase two Mistral-class helicopter carriers originally built for Russia. The agreement was reached after Paris officially terminated the $1.3 billion deal with Moscow.


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