Egypt has received the second of the built for Russia “Mistral”

French authorities handed over to the Egyptian authorities, the helicopter carrier “Mistral”. The ceremony was held in the port of Saint-Nazaire, according to Reuters. It is expected that the ship, dubbed “Anwar al Sadat” (in honor of the former President of Egypt) in the near future will take part in joint exercises with the Navy of France, and then travel to Alexandria, which will become its home port.

Thus, Egypt has received both “Mistral”, which was originally built by order of Russia. After the contract was signed, according to which the helicopter had to go to Cairo, the creators of the ship had to change all the labels on Board and interpret instructions, originally written in Russian. Originally this ship “Mistral” called “Sevastopol”.

The first helicopter carrier “of gamel’ Abdel Nasser (named after the former President of Egypt) was transferred to Cairo in early June.

The contract for delivery of two “Mistral” Russia and France signed in June 2011. The first ship — “Vladivostok” — was planned to transfer the Navy of Russia in November 2014. However, in September 2014 French President Francois Hollande announced that the dates of the contract are frozen because of the position of Russia in Ukraine, and soon Paris announced the termination of the contract. The agreement to settle the dispute on the transaction was signed on 5 August 2015.

On October 10, Paris and Cairo signed an agreement to purchase two “Mistral” Egypt. With helicopter dismantled Russian equipment. The amount of the contract was not called, however, Reuters, citing a source in the French defense Ministry announced that Egypt will pay for two ships for €950 million This amount corresponds to that which France has paid Russia as a penalty for terminating the contract on delivery of two “Mistral” according to the national Council of France, Moscow, Russia received €949 million