DCNS in 2015
A PARTNERSHIP WITH EGYPT TO DRIVE GROWTH
DCNS is building the first Gowind® 2500 corvette for Egypt
Being able to supply high-performance ships, meeting clients’ needs, is essential for winning major international contracts. But it is not always enough. For in most cases, the country placing the order requires all or some of the production to be carried out on its home territory with technology transfer. This demand was an important point in the invitation to tender launched by the Egyptian Navy in 2013 for the purchase of corvettes. Competing against two major European groups, DCNS set itself apart by offering a long-term industrial partnership. With the first corvette being constructed in France within 38 months and the three following vessels in Egypt, the agreement is now in the process of becoming a reality. While building the Gowind® 2500 for delivery to Egypt in 2017, DCNS is also training teams at the Alexandria shipyard, where the major part of the other ships will be produced.
FIRST CUT CEREMONY FOR THE GOWIND® CORVETTE at Lorient on 15 April 2015 attended by senior representatives of the Egyptian Navy.
The partnership with Egypt incorporates through-life support, training and services
The other key factor on international markets is responsiveness. An asset which had a particularly important role to play in the “FREMM operation”. In November 2014, the Egyptian government announced its intention to acquire this “state-of-the-art” frigate, which it wanted to have as its fleet flagship. It did however make this subject to one condition: it should be ready by 6 August 2015, for the naval review inaugurating the new Suez Canal. It was of course impossible to build such a ship in a few months. The solution came via an agreement with the French Navy. It would forego the Normandie, one of the FREMM series ordered for delivery by 2019, which had just left the DCNS workshops in Lorient. By way of compensation, DCNS agreed to speed up production and add an additional frigate into its schedule for delivery to the French Navy in line with its contractual undertakings. DCNS then set up a highly responsive multidisciplinary team to bring the FREMM Normandie into line with Egyptian standards and equipment. In a hundred and twenty days of intense work, the DCNS team won their race against the clock. On 23 June 2015 in Lorient, the frigate, now renamed Tahya Misr (“Long Live Egypt”) welcomed the French and Egyptian Defence Ministers for the handover ceremony. Hervé Guillou, Chairman and CEO of DCNS, applauded the teams’ outstanding effort: “Delivering a frigate four months after signing the contract is an absolute first”, he declared.
THE FREMM TAHYA MISR had the honour of inaugurating the widening of the Suez Canal on 6 August 2015.
SIGNATURE ON 13 FEBRUARY 2015 of a contract concerning the supply of a FREMM multimission frigate.
This major contract imposes a further condition on the Franco-Egyptian partnership: long-term support, including crew training, maintenance and logistics. DCNS and the Egyptian Navy therefore also concluded a five-year through-life support contract at the same time as the sale of the Tahya Misr frigate. A Group team has now been set up in Alexandria, the frigate’s homeport, to steer maintenance operations and the ship’s various overhauls in close cooperation with the client and local subcontractors.
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