Egypt gets its first French Mistral-class helicopter carrier

June 23, 2016 2:22 PM

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CAIRO – Egypt has received the first of two French-made, Mistral-class helicopter carriers purchased last year in an effort to upgrade its navy.

The carrier sailed on Thursday into Egypt's port city of Alexandria, where a ceremony was held. The vessel has been christened Gamal Abdel-Nasser after Egypt's nationalist president during the 1950s and 1960s.

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