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Egyptian Navy takes delivery of its new FREMM frigate FFG 1002 Al-Ghalala.

| 2020

According to information published on December 23, 2020, the first of the two FREMM frigates purchased by Egypt was handed over by the Egyptian Navy at the Fincantieri shipyard in Italy. The ship received its new Egyptian name FFG 1002 Al-Ghalala that was built for the Italian Navy as F 598 Spartaco Schergat.
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Russian Vyborg Shipyard laid the Purga ice class coastguard ship of project 23550 925 001 The new FREMM frigate FFG 1002 Al-Ghalala of the Egyptian Navy. (Picture source Twitter account Mahmoud Gamal)

In October 2020, Navy Recognition has published news that Italy approves the sale of two FREMM frigates to the Egyptian navy. According to a previous report, these frigates may be drawn from the Italian Navy’s procurement program – the vessels Spartaco Schergat and Emilio Bianchi, launched in January 2019 and January 2020, respectively – enabling Fincantieri to sell the vessels for an estimated cost of €1.2 billion.

The FREMM Program is an European naval defence project assigned to OCCAR (Organisation Conjointe de Coopération en matière d'Armement / Organisation for Joint Armament Co-operation) that was launched in 2005. The FREMM program consists of the construction of 18 ships including 8 for France, 10 for Italy. The FREMM is built in Anti-Submarine Warfare (ASM/ASW), Anti-Air Warfare (FREDA) and General Purpose (GP) versions.

The Spartaco Schergat F 598 is a Carlo Bergamini-class frigate that was built for the Italian Navy in the framework of the FREMM program. The frigates for the Italian Navy are built at the Fincantieri’s integrated naval shipyard of Riva Trigoso-Muggiano. The ships have a full load displacement of about 6,500 tons, an overall length of about 144 meters and can reach a top speed of 27 knots (50 km/h; 31 mph) with a maximum cruising range of 6,800 nmi (12,600 km; 7,800 mi) at 15 knots (28 km/h; 17 mph).

The FFG 1002 Al-Ghalala is powered by combined diesel-electric and gas (CODLAG) propulsion system including one 32 MW gas turbine General Electric/Avio LM2500+G4, two 2.5 MW electric motors Jeumont Electric and four diesel generators.

The is armed with 16-cell MBDA SYLVER A50 VLS for 16 MBDA Aster 15 and 30 missiles, one Leonardo Otobreda 127/64 Vulcano naval gun, one Leonardo OTO Melara 76/62 mm Davide/Strales CIWS gun, two Leonardo Oto Melara/Oerlikon KBA 25/80 mm remote weapon systems, eight MBDA Teseo\Otomat Mk-2/A anti-ship and land attack missiles, two triple Leonardo (WASS) B-515/3 launcher for MU 90 torpedoes and two SITEP MASS CS-424 acoustic guns.

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