17:01 May. 31, 2016
Paris cancelled the warship contract with Kremlin over Ukraine conflict
The first of two Mistral-class helicopter-carriers will officially be handed over to Egypt in the French port Saint-Avit-Saint-Nazaire on Thursday, June 2.
This is the warships France built for Russia before scrapping the sale over the Ukraine crisis.
This is reported by Paris-Normandie.
France's Defence Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian and his Egyptian counterpart Sedki Sobhy will attend the ceremony of raising the flag on the ship, which was named Gamal Abdel Nasser (the second President of Egypt, serving from 1956 until his death in 1970).
The second ship, which will be named after another Egyptian president Anwar Sadat, will be transferred to Egypt occur in September.
The state-of-the art assault ships which can carry 700 troops as well as tanks and armoured landing vehicles, were originally intended for Russia but France reneged on the deal because of Russia's invasion and occupation of Ukrainian territories, including Crimea which Russia annexed in 2014. France paid EUR 950 million to Russia as a result of termination of the Mistral contract, however France won the right to freely dispose of the ships.
In September 2105 Egypt agreed to buy two Mistral-class warships.