Egypt will receive landing craft type EDA-R, built for Russia

As reported on the web pagewww.facebook.com/EgyptMilitary, April 16, 2016 in Saint-Nazaire arrived from Boulogne-sur-Mer, the first of two EDA-R (L-CAT) catamaran-type speedboats originally built for Russia, intended for use in dock-cameras built in France for the Russian Navy universal landing ships (UDC) of type Mistral. Now both EDA-R type boats, together with both former “Russian” Mistral type ships, have been sold to Egypt.
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The EDA-R (L-CAT) catamaran-type lead speedboat, built by the French company Socarenam in a series of two units, originally by Russian order, was based on two Mistral multipurpose amphibious assault ships built in France for the Russian Navy. Now both EDA-R type boats, along with both Mistral type ships, have been sold to Egypt. This boat is intended for basing on UDC Gamal Abdel Nasser (former Vladivostok) and has already received the corresponding Egyptian tail number GN 011. Saint-Nazaire, 04/16/2016 (c) www.facebook.com/EgyptMilitary
The all-aluminum hulls of both EDA-R (L-CAT) boats ordered by Russia were built by the French company Socarenam at the shipyard in Saint-Malo. After launching both boats were towed for completion at the Socarenam shipyard in Boulogne-sur-Mer. Initially, the delivery of the Russian Navy's headboat launched to Saint-Malo on February 6, 2015, was scheduled for December 2015. Now the headboat (received the Egyptian tail number GN 011) arrived in Saint-Nazaire for the upcoming transfer to the Egyptian side. The second boat (alleged Egyptian side number AS 021) is reportedly due to arrive at St. Nazaire at the end of May. It is worth noting that the construction of both EDA-R type boats for the Russian Navy was conducted in considerable secrecy, and their order itself was not advertised (although our blog was exclusively informed about this order at one time).
Along with two EDA-R type boats, for the Russian ships of the Mistral type, four landing craft of the traditional CTM NG type were also ordered, which were built on the small French shipyard STX Lorient in Lorient (part of the STX France group) and commissioned in the autumn 2014 Since that time, all four CTM NG boats have been laid up at the STX France shipyard in Saint-Nazaire, and will now also be transferred to Egypt.
The Egyptian Navy is supposed to constantly base each Mistral type UDC (Gamal Abdel Nasser - the former Vladivostok, and Anwar Sadat - the former Sevastopol) in the dock chamber of each EDA-R and two CTM NG boats. Respectively, boats intended for basing on Gamal Abdel Nasser received onboard numbers GN 011 (boat of type EDA-R) and GN 012 and GN 013 (boats of type CTM NG), and boats intended for basing on Anwar Sadat - onboard numbers AS 021 (presumably, boat type EDA-R) and AS 022 and AS 023 (boat type CTM NG).
The 30-meter all-aluminum speedboat-catamaran L-CAT (the official French designation L'engin de Débarquement Amphibie Rapide - EDA-R) was specifically designed for docking in the French UDC type Mistral developed by French private shipbuilding company Constructions Industrielles de la Méditerranée ( CNIM) from Saint-Malo. The prototype demonstrator of the boat was built in 2006–2008 with the help of CNIM’s own funds for the small shipyard of Chantiers Navals Gamelin located in the same Saint-Malo (in 2009, bankrupt and then acquired by Socarenam).
After successful tests of the EDA-R prototype (including at the head UDC Mistral), the French Ministry of Defense issued on June 15, 2009, CNIM a contract to build four serial EDA-R boats with options for four more boats, worth 125 million euros.The construction of these boats is now subcontracted from CNIM by Socarenam at the former Gamelin facilities at Saint-Malo, with completion at Boulogne-sur-Mer. All four serial EDA-R boats for the French fleet were commissioned in 2011-2012, but the implementation of options was postponed for financial reasons.
Each Mistral type ship can carry two EDA-R type boats in the dock chamber, or four CTM type boats (CTM NG), or a combination of one EDA-R and two CTMs (CTM NG).
Recall that Egypt signed an agreement with the French shipbuilding association DCNS on the acquisition of two universal landing ships of the Mistral type built in France initially for Russia on October 10, 2015. Both ships are now at the STX France shipyard in Saint-Nazaire. The transfer of the first ship of the Egyptian Navy is now scheduled for July 2016, the second UDC will follow it three months later.
In conclusion, we add that according to a well-informed correspondent of the French newspaper"La Tribune"Michel Cabrol, during the regular visit of French President Francois Hollande to Cairo, which began on April 17, 2016, the parties will discuss the possibility of Egypt ordering two more (!!) ships of the Mistral type, now of special construction type FREMM).
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The EDA-R (L-CAT) catamaran-type lead speedboat, built by the French company Socarenam in a series of two units, originally by Russian order, was based on two Mistral multipurpose amphibious assault ships built in France for the Russian Navy. This boat is intended for basing at UDC Gamal Abdel Nasser (former Vladivostok) and has already received the corresponding Egyptian tail number GN 011. Boulogne-sur-Mer, April 2016 (c) Michel Floch / www.meretmarine.com
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The EDA-R (L-CAT) catamaran-type lead speedboat, built by the French company Socarenam in a series of two units, originally by Russian order, was based on two Mistral multipurpose amphibious assault ships built in France for the Russian Navy. This boat is intended for basing at UDC Gamal Abdel Nasser (former Vladivostok) and has already received the corresponding Egyptian tail number GN 011. In the background, the former French cruiser C 611 Colbert is seen to be dismantled for metal. Brest, April 2016 (c) www.facebook.com/EgyptMilitary
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The CTM NG-type amphibious assault boats built by the French shipyard STX France Lorient in a series of four units were originally commissioned by the Russian for stationing two universal Mistral amphibious assault ships built in France for the Russian Navy.Now all four boats of the CTM NG type, together with both ships of the Mistral type, have been sold to Egypt. The pair of boats in the top two pictures is intended for basing at UDC Gamal Abdel Nasser (formerly Vladivostok) and received the corresponding Egyptian tail number GN 012 and GN 013. The pair of boats in the third shot is intended for basing at UDC Anwar Sadat (formerly Sevastopol) and received the relevant Egyptian tail numbers AS 022 and AS 023. Saint-Nazaire, April 2016 (c) www.facebook.com/EgyptMilitary
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The universal landing ships Gamal Abdel Nasser (tail number 1010, former Vladivostok, in the background) and Anwar Sadat (tail number 1020, former Sevastopol) sold to Egypt defending to the STX France shipyard in Saint Nazaire. At the stern of the latter, two landing craft of the CTM NG type, intended for basing on it, received the corresponding Egyptian tail numbers AS 022 and AS 023.

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