thyssenkrupp Marine Methods handed over the first-of-class MEKO® A-200 EN to the Navy of the Arab Republic of Egypt. A complete of 4 ships have been ordered, with the primary three items produced in Germany and the fourth vessel constructed by Alexandria Shipyard in Egypt. At at present’s ceremony in Bremerhaven, the frigate “AL-AZIZ” was accepted by the Egyptian Navy after solely 38 months of the contract turning into efficient. Apart from the handover ceremony, the celebrations included the naming of a second MEKO® A-200 EN frigate for the Egyptian Navy. The Chief of Employees of the Egyptian Navy, Vice Admiral Ashraf Ibrahim Atwa, named the warship ”AL-QADEER”.

Oliver Burkhard, CEO of thyssenkrupp Marine Methods: “This file timeline was potential solely as a result of the Egyptian Navy and thyssenkrupp Marine Methods have such an extended and trustful partnership. The strategic programme is predicated on an open and collaborative dialogue with our buyer and we’re grateful for his or her tireless efforts in contributing to the success of this venture.”


Vice Admiral Ashraf Ibrahim Atwa: “I’m grateful to the pleasant Republic of Germany for the constructive relationship which units the instance to be adopted by others. Germany at all times helps Egypt with the up-to-date expertise wanted to reinforce our naval capabilities.”

Signatures for the handover of AL-AZIZ by CEO Oliver Burkhard and Vice Admiral Atwa

After brief however intensive negotiations that began in Might 2018, the contract for the 4 frigates was signed in September 2018, with the venture work formally beginning in August 2019. First metal slicing was already in September 2019 and the launching of the first-of-class passed off in April 2021. In July 2021 “AL-AZIZ” was named, after which lastly at present she was handed over. In its class, the MEKO® A-200 EN is without doubt one of the strongest warships in service at present. The 4 ships ordered by the Arab Republic of Egypt are an identical in building. “AL-AZIZ” will begin her journey to her homeport in Alexandria in just a few days.

The MEKO 200 is a frigate design by the Blohm + Voss shipyard of Germany, as a part of the MEKO household of warships. The MEKO household of warships was developed by the German firm Blohm+Voss. MEKO is a registered trademark. The portmanteau stands for “Mehrzweck-Kombination” (English: multi-purpose-combination). It’s a idea in trendy naval shipbuilding based mostly on modularity of armament, electronics and different gear, aiming comfy of upkeep and value discount. MEKO ships embody households of frigates, corvettes and ocean-going patrol boats. Vessels of comparable lessons use completely different weapons methods.