The Egyptian Navy is preparing to receive the second ship of the “Fort Rosalie” class for maritime supply and support, known as “ENS Abu Simbel” (233). As reported by defense affairs blogger Mahmoud Gamal on Twitter, the ship is scheduled to be transported to Alexandria Port for significant refurbishment.
The acquisition of these two used “Fort Rosalie” class ships is of utmost importance, as it will enhance the Egyptian Navy’s capabilities to possess a long-range maritime force capable of operating in distant waters, away from Egypt’s shores.
These two vessels serve as a temporary solution that meets the requirements of the Egyptian Navy with low operating costs and a highly affordable purchase price. Egypt aims to locally build ships of this type or acquire newly built advanced vessels in the future.
This step marks a significant milestone in Egypt’s efforts to strengthen its naval capabilities and expand its influence in distant waters. With its extensive coastline along the Mediterranean Sea and the Red Sea, the Egyptian Navy is a vital strategic element in defending maritime interests and enhancing maritime security in the region.
The arrival of the “ENS Abu Simbel” ship signifies a crucial advancement in enhancing the Egyptian Navy and developing its maritime fleet. Through investments in naval capabilities and the modernization of weapons and equipment, Egypt reaffirms its steadfast commitment to regional security and the defense of its maritime sovereignty.