Over the past two years, Egypt spent billions to upgrade its navy, buying helicopter carriers from France, frigates from Russia and submarines from Germany.
Huge investments are only part of Egypt’s vision for Suez Canal region, one that cannot be implemented without proper security in Red Sea.
| The Arab Weekly, Amr Emam
By establishing a naval force in the Red Sea, Egypt aims for more than protecting navigation in the Suez Canal, a vital waterway for international trade, military experts said.
“The force will be the backbone of Egypt’s new Red Sea strategy,” former Assistant Defense Minister Hossam Suweilam said. “There is a marked surge of unrest in the southern entrance to the Red Sea, which needs an aggressive policy.”
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Looking South. Egypt inaugurates its Navy’s Southern Fleet Command in a ceremony attended by the president. Purpose: To secure complete control over the theatre of naval operations in the Red Sea area.
| for Ahram Weekly, Ahmed Eleiba
The Egyptian Navy’s Southern Fleet Command was officially inaugurated on 5 January in a ceremony attended by the president and commander-in-chief of the Armed Forces, the prime minister, the minister of defence, the army chief-of-staffs, the commander-in-chief of the navy and senior military officers.
The creation of the new command signals a qualitative leap in the capacities of the Egyptian navy in terms of planning, organisation and military hardware.
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