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Egypt’s navy raises flag on second helicopter carrier purchased from France

Egypt’s navy has raised the country’s flag on Friday on board the second helicopter carrier it purchased from France last year

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Egypt’s navy has raised the country’s flag on Friday on board the second helicopter carrier it purchased from France last year, state-owned MENA agency reported.

The Mistral-class ship, named after president Anwar El-Sadat, was received by Egypt’s Navy Commander-in-Chief Vice Admiral Osama Rabie during an inauguration ceremony at Saint-Nazaire harbor in western France.

The Mistral carrier is the second one received by Egypt from France after inaugurating the first one - named after late president Gamal Abdel-Nasser - in June in the Mediterranean city of Alexandria, north of Egypt, coming from the French city of Toulouse.

The deal signed in September 2015, totaled to $1.06 billion (950 million euros).

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