Egypt boosts navy as part of Red Sea strategy

UPI – By establishing a naval force in the Red Sea, Egypt aims for more than protecting navigation in the Suez Canal, a vital wa­terway for international trade, mili­tary experts said. “The force will be the backbone of Egypt’s new Red Sea strategy,” former Assistant Defense Minis­ter Hossam Suweilam said. “There is a marked surge of unrest in the southern entrance to the Red Sea, which needs an aggressive policy.”

First Mistral warship arrived in Alexandria

Daily News Egypt – The Mistral-class Landing Helicopter Dock (LHD) warship Gamal Abdel Nasser, which Egypt purchased from France, arrived Thursday in Alexandria after a 14-days journey.

Egypt agrees to buy warships built for Russia from France

BBC – Egypt has agreed to buy two Mistral warships originally built for Russia, the French presidency has announced.

Egypt’s Military Junta Wants French Mini-Carriers

War is Boring – Egypt’s military junta is going on a shopping spree for weapons. Remember those French amphibious assault ships originally intended for Russia that are now sitting out to dry? Cairo’s generals have their eyes on them, too.

Egypt navy ship ‘hit by Sinai militants’ missile’

BBC – Islamic State-affiliated militants in Sinai say they have carried out a missile attack on an Egyptian naval vessel in the Mediterranean Sea.

Egyptian Navy – Egyptian Patrol Craft Attacked by Ships with Possible Ties to Terrorist Arms Trade

USNI News – Eight Egyptian sailors are missing after a Wednesday clash with four vessels that could have been supplying arms to Islamist terror groups in the Sinai Peninsula.

Egyptian Navy – Egypt attack on Suez Canal ship 'foiled'

BBC – Egyptian officials say they have foiled an attack on a container ship which was aimed at disrupting shipping in the busy Suez Canal.