6th of January 2021, Alexandria Shipyard Company celebrates the handover of the corvette ENS Port Said (976) as the first Egyptian Gowind corvette that will join the service with the Egyptian naval fleet to carry out its combat missions. The corvette ENS Port Said (976) was launched on 9/2018, and it is the first warship to be built with 100% Egyptian capacity resulting from fruitful technology transfer cooperation with the French side represented in Naval Group company.
The handover ceremony and the raising of the Egyptian flag held in the presence of The Commander-in-Chief of the Egyptian Navy Vice Admiral Ahmed Khaled Hassan at Alexandria Shipyard before sailing to Alexandria naval base, ENS Port Said (976) is the first of three Egyptian corvettes that will be joining the service with the naval forces according to a specific schedule.
The Egyptian Gowind Vessels of 102 m/335 feet Total Length, 16 m/52.5 feet Width, 2,600 tons Displacement and a maximum speed of 25 knots/29 mph/46 km/h. The corvette is equipped with facilities for an embarked helicopter and drones. The Gowind corvette accommodates 65 crew members and is fitted with the Naval Group’s SETIS combat management system including Panoramic Sensors and Intelligence Module (PSIM). A panoramic bridge offers 360° visibility and a single enclosed mast offers 360° Sensor visibility.
The Gowind New Multi-Mission Corvette Type Designed for Surveillance, Surface and Subsurface Combat, Protection and Escort Naval Missions, it can also perform Maritime Surveillance and Policing Missions against Trafficking and Piracy. It has many technical characteristics and modern armament systems that enable it to carry out all combat missions at sea, support and protect the land forces along the coast during offensive and defensive operations which makes it a tremendous technological addition to the capabilities of the naval forces in support of their ability to protect the Egyptian national security.
On Saturday, April 16th 2016, Alexandria Shipyard started cutting metal for the first Gowind 2500 corvette built in Egypt, in the presence of high representatives of the Egyptian Navy and of DCNS technical assistance and management teams.
The Egyptian Navy chose DCNS to design and build four Gowind 2500 corvettes with a construction technology transfer. The contract, which entered into force in July 2015, provides for the construction of the first ship within 29 months. It is now being built by DCNS in Lorient. The three following units will be built by Egyptian partner Alexandria Shipyard.
DCNS has sent supervision and technical assistance teams to Alexandria for the construction of three corvettes through technology transfer. DCNS also provides training of the Egyptian shipyard staff at DCNS site in Lorient. Finally, DCNS will deliver all technical data required for the construction of the corvettes as well as necessary components.
The Gowind 2500 corvette chosen by the Egyptian Navy is a first rank ship with a displacement of 2,500 tonnes; it incorporates the SETIS multi-mission combat management system developed by DCNS.
Gowind 2500 corvette
Gowind 2500 is DCNS’ response to 21st century defence and security challenges, combining unrivalled stealth features, resilience and high availability at sea with outstanding Anti-Air Warfare (AAW), Anti-Submarine Warfare (ASW) and Anti-Surface Ship Warfare (ASuW) performances.
With the Ship Enhanced Tactical Information System (SETIS) state-of-the-art Combat System providing the operator with the best management and decision-making aids, Gowind 2500 ensures supremacy against all conventional and asymmetric threats.
A stealth and multirole combat ship
Gowind 2500 is a resilient and powerful surface combatant designed to perform complex naval operations as well as low intensity maritime security missions.
Through a 360° sensors coverage and deployable assets, Gowind 2500 simultaneously detects, tracks and engages multiple airborne, surface as well as submarine threats, providing the best performance in all warfare domains.
Gowind 2500 offers exceptional stealth capabilities with reduced radiated noise and Radar Cross Section (RCS) significantly improving the tactical advantage compared with other ships of her class.
Integrated operational capabilities
Broad and with excellent seakeeping characteristics, Gowind 2500 operates an organic 10 t class helicopter, which extends the vessel’s warfare capabilities far beyond the horizon.
Gowind 2500 is fitted with SETIS, DCNS’ integrated Combat System to counter multiple, multidomain attacks and threats:
long range coordinated surface engagement;
point air defence;
submarine deterrence and tracking;
gradual asymmetric engagement;
shared accurate tactical picture through;
interoperable data links.
Built to address current and emerging threats, Gowind 2500 integrates the latest technologies. Unmanned Aerial Systems such as Airbus Defence and Space Tanan extend the ship’s action range and therefore the tactical advantage.
To improve interoperability during joint or international operations, SETIS also integrates additional command support modules as well as collaborative planning tools.
Resilient and sea proven, SETIS provides a high level of reliability with rapid reconfiguration protocols and back-up modes to return to full operational capability even in case of combat damage.
Mission modules will be integrated on board future Gowind configurations making the ship even more flexible and adaptable to emerging operational requirements.
Forward-thinking Gowind development plans also include innovative close-in defence systems integrated into the NextGen Combat Information Centre (CIC) and Combat Bridge.
SETIS’s intuitive Man-Machine Interface (MMI) and integrated command aids improve the crew’s ability to synthetise numerous data and react quickly in extreme and rapidly changing conditions, therefore maximizing the tactical advantage against any kind of threats.
SETIS functionally integrates UAS allowing real time control and data fusion for expanded detection and response capabilities.
102 m/334.6 feet
16 m/52.5 feet
5.4 m/17.7 feet
Combined diesel and electric
25+ knots/29+ mph/46 km/h
3,700 NM/6,852 km at 15 knots/17 mph/28 km/h
Crew (+ Pax)
Electronic Support Measures (ESM) suite;
Hull mounted sonar;
Variable depth sonar;
Fire control system;
Vertical launching system (16 cells);
Main gun (57- up to 76-mm);
8 Surface-to-surface missiles;
Short range gun system;
Torpedo launching system;
Decoy launching system;
Helicopter (10 t) and Unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) facilities;
Rigid Hull Inflatable Boats (RHIBs).
DCNS starts the construction of the first Gowind 2500 corvette for the Egyptian Navy