ThyssenKrupp Marine Systems handed over the third in a series of four MEKO A-200 EN frigates to the Egyptian Navy at a ceremony held in Bremerhaven on 15 December.
Production work on the frigate named AL-QADEER began with the first steel cutting in autumn 2020, followed by keel laying in March 2021, launching in April 2022, and naming in October 2022.
Oliver Burkhard, CEO of ThyssenKrupp Marine Systems highlighted: “Just six months after the handover of the second frigate, ‘AL-QAHHAR’, another state-of-the-art ship was successfully delivered to the Egyptian Navy today. The handover marks the official completion of construction of the ships in Germany, all in record time. The fourth frigate will be completed at Alexandria Shipyard in close cooperation with ThyssenKrupp Marine Systems.”
Vice Admiral Ashraf Ibrahim Atwa, Commander in Chief of the Egyptian Navy said: “Within only 14 months, the Egyptian Navy received the three MEKO A-200 Frigates AL-AZIZ, AL-QAHHAR and AL-QADEER. These repeated visits for the handovers are the actual proof of the extent of cooperation and friendship between the Arab Republic of Egypt and the Federal Republic of Germany. As much the Egyptian Navy is proud to acquire the MEKO A-200 frigates, ThyssenKrupp Marine Systems must also be proud for building them.”
In 2018, Egypt awarded a contract to Thyssenkrupp Marine Systems for the construction of four identical frigates. The first three vessels AL-AZIZ, AL-QAHHAR, and AL-QADEER were built in Germany. The fourth frigate is currently under construction at the Alexandria Shipyard in Egypt.