Egypt receives first Type 209 submarine from German TKMS

Photo: Egyptian Armed Forces

The Egyptian Navy officially received its first Type 209/1400 submarine from the German submarine specialist ThyssenKrupp Marine Systems (TKMS) on December 12.

The submarine is named S41 and is the first of four submarines Egypt will receive from Germany.

S41 was launched in Kiel, Germany, in December 2015.

Officials also held a naming ceremony for the second S42 submarine today.

The naming ceremony and handover were completed by Vice Admiral Osama Rabie, Commander of the Egyptian Navy.

The ceremony was attended by Markus Grübel, Parliamentary State Secretary to the Federal Minister of Defense, Vice Admiral Rainer Brinkmann, Deputy Chief of Staff of the German Navy, Kurt-Christoph von Knobelsdorff, Deputy Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Economic Affairs, Employment, Transport and Technology of the State of Schleswig-Holstein and high-ranking representatives from Egypt.

Egypt initially ordered two Type-209/1400mod submarines in 2011 and later ordered two more in 2014.

The HDW Class 209/1400mod submarine is the most recent version of the HDW Class 209 “family”. TKMS currently has 14 navies on contract for the delivery of this type of submarines.

According to media reports, the contract for the first two boats was worth around 900 million euros. According to the German news agency DPA, the contract for the second two submarine is estimated at well over 500 million Euro.

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