Egyptian Navy – Corvettes, Sloops and Patrol Vessels

Corvettes, Sloops and Patrol Vessels

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Gowind Class LOA 335′ / 102.1 m TDISP 2,500 tons (3 active, 1 building, service since 2017)

ENS El Fateh 971 March 2017 AHMED XIV [CC BY-SA 3.0]
Gowind corvette Alexandria 2021

Pohang Class LOA 290′ / 88.4 m TDISP 1,200 tons (1 active with Egypt)

ENS Shbab Misr (transferred to Egypt 2016) previously served in Republic of Korea Navy as Jinju PCC-763 (1988-2016)Pohang Corvette Port Said 2019.jpg

Descubierta Class LOA 291′ / 88.7 m TDISP 1,500 tons (2 active with Egypt)

USS Gonzalez (DDG 66) moves into formation during a Passing Exercise (PASSEX)
Descubierta-class Egyptian frigate EL SUEZ (F946) during a PASSEX with USS Gonzalez, April 2019 US Navy official photo 5275556 PO2 Maxwell Anderson

Descubierta-class corvettes Alexandria 2018

Tarantul Class (Project 12421 Molniya) LOA 184′ / 56.1 m TDISP 540 tons (1 active with Egyptian Navy)tarantul class corvette Safaga 2019.jpg


Black Swan Class LOA 299′ / 91.1 m TDISP 1,300 tons (37 built over to types, 1 remaining in Egypt)

ex-HMS Whimbrel U-29 (1943) transferred to Egypt as El Malek Farouq in 1949, renamed Tariq 1954, Egyptian Navy is currently investigating a sale back to Britain (Liverpool) for preservation as a museum ship.

HMS Windrush 1943 © IWM (A 14158)

HMS Whimbrel U-29 Alexandria Egypt 2021HMS Zenith and HMS Whimbrel 2014

Missile Boats

Ambassador MK. III LOA 207′ / 63.1 m TDISP 600 tons (4 active)Ambassador III Pascagoula MS 2012.jpgSoliman Ezzat 682 (2013)

USS Fort McHenry passing exercise
Soliman Ezzat (PCFG 682) in exercises in the Arabian Sea with USS Fort McHenry, 2019 US Marine Corps Official 5100225 L-Cpl. Antonio Garcia

S. Ezzat Ambassador III Pascagoula MS 2011.jpg

Tiger Class Fast Missile Boat originally constructed in France for the West German Navy (served 1972 – 2002) 154′ / 46.1 m TDISP 265 tons (5 active with Egyptian Navy)

Eagle Salute 19
[Detail of] Egyptian Navy fast missile boat alongside USS McFaul. This appears to be a Tiger Class Fast Missile Boat, July 2019 US Navy Official 5614760 PO3 William Hardy
Tiger class missile boat Safaga 2019

Osa I and II Class LOA 127′ / 38.7 m TDISP 210 tons (transferred from Soviet Union, 3 remain active)

OSA II class Missile Boat ca. 1982 NARA 330-CFD-DN-ST-82-05659
Osa Class Missile Boats Berenice2014
Egypt operates both Osa I and II classes, and these may be either type, distinguishable mainly by the size and shape of the missile bins.

October or Hegu Class LOA 84′ / 25.6 m TDISP 82 tons (12 active) both types based on Soviet Komar class with improvements.

Soviet Komar class fast missile boat, ca. 1986 which had a wooden hull. Egyptian boats are refinements of this design. NARA 330-CFD-DN-ST-86-11191
October class Missile boats Safaga 2018
These could actually be October or Hegu class boats.

Submarine Chasers / Patrol boats

Hainan Class / Type 037 (Chinese-built) LOA 192′ / 58.5 m TDISP 450 tons. (8 active, service since 1983)

Egyptian Navy Hainan class submarine chaser ENS Al Rafe 451, ca. 2016. Credit: AHMED XIV, CC BY-SA 3.0 , via Wikimedia Commons

Hainan class SCs Alexandria 2021

Mine Warfare Ships

T-43 Class Soviet Minesweepers LOA 190′ / 57.9 m TDISP 570 tons (7 ships transferred to Egyptian service starting in 1954, may be all retired by 2017). T-43 minesweeper Alexandria 2017T-43 minesweeper Alexandria 2011

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