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Second French Mistral warship arrives at Alexandria port

The helicopter carrier is Egypt's second acquisition from France

The second French Mistral helicopter carrier arrived at Alexandria port on Thursday, state news agency MENA reported.

The carrier, named after late Egyptian president Anwar El-Sadat, is the second Mistral warship in a deal signed between Egypt and France last August. The deal is worth $1bn to acquire two Mistral warships.

The arrival of El-Sadat’s carrier coincides with the 43rd anniversary of the 6 October war in 1973.

The first ship arrived in late June after taking part in a joint naval exercise in France.

The mistral warships deal is part of many other agreements signed between Egypt and France over the past year. In January, Egypt received three Rafale jets, the second batch of a deal signed between both countries to sell 24 Rafale jets. The first batch arrived in July 2015.

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