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Cairo to acquire two German-built submarines

Navy chief: ‘Egypt will not allow anyone to enter its territorial waters’

Illustrative photo of a Type-209 attack submarine (photo credit: Martín Otero/Wikimedia Commons)
Illustrative photo of a Type-209 attack submarine (photo credit: Martín Otero/Wikimedia Commons)

Egypt has signed an agreement to acquire two German-built Type 209 attack submarines, according to an announcement Friday by the new head of the Egyptian Navy, Osama Ahmed el-Gendy.

“Egypt will not allow anyone to enter its territorial waters,” el-Gendy said in his first public statement since taking office. “Our Navy is in good condition, and at the highest level of operational readiness.”

El-Gendy also said that four US-built FMC missile ships would join the Egyptian fleet in 2013.

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