Egypt purchases two Fort Rosalie-class replenishment tankers from the UK, according to a press release of the UK Ministry of Defence.
For the first time in more than 30 years, the United Kingdom has sold naval vessels to Egypt in a historic transaction, the Defence Equipment Sales Authority sold the Royal Fleet Auxiliary ships Fort Austin and Fort Rosalie (DESA).
Both Royal Navy Solid Support Ships were decommissioned earlier this year. Their fresh lease on life may also help UK jobs, as negotiations for refurbishment work on the vessels before they are transported are underway.
“Fort Austin and Fort Rosalie performed a critical part in sustaining our naval fleet for decades, and I appreciate everybody involved in their essential job,” said Jeremy Quin, Minister of Defence Procurement.
“While we honor these ships’ previous service, we can also look forward to the exciting future of receiving our new Fleet Solid Support ships.”
Developing defense exports and investments, backed by the £24 billion investment announced last year, is a critical component of growing Global Britain and asserting UK defense in the face of new threats. The latest Integrated Review and Defence Command Paper support these goals by establishing a strategic foundation for such commercial activities.
“DESA is extraordinarily thrilled to be working with the Egyptian Navy on the regeneration of two former Royal Fleet Auxiliary ships,” said Clive Walker, Head of DESA, which is part of Defence Equipment and Support (DE&S).
“This is a physical demonstration of the two fleets’ developing relationship, as well as the importance of the UK-Egypt strategic alliance.”
Fort Austin and Fort Rosalie have helped to ensure Navy personnel all over the world have the food, ammunition and explosives they need to carry out vital operations.
The sister ships have two flight decks, which means as well as traditional replenishment at sea they are also able to use helicopters to offload supplies.
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