ENS Bernees 1003 joins Egyptian Navy

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Egyptian Navy’s second “FREMM Bergamini” frigate, Bernees 1003, constructed by Italian company Fincantieri arrived at the Alexandria Naval Base on Wednesday (April 14) to join the Egyptian Navy’s fleet.

The two FREMM frigates being transferred to the Egyptian Navy were the last two Bergamini-class frigates built by Fincantieri for the Italian Navy. In 2020 Italy has sold these vessels to Egypt, which were in the production line. The deal also involved other military equipment and was worth 1.2 billion Euros.

Bernees was originally constructed as the Carlo Bergamini-class Emilio Bianchi before being acquired by Egypt and being renamed.

The first ship, Al Galala (FFG 1002) frigate reached Egyptian Navy base in Alexandria on 30 December 2020.

The arrival of the “Bernees 1003” is announced by Egytian Ministry of Defense by a Youtube video. In the video, there are 2× Mistral LHDs, 2× FREMM Bergamini-class frigates, 2× Oliver Hazard Perry-class frigates, 1× FREMM Aquitaine-class frigate, 2× Gowind-class corvettes, 3× Type-209/1400mod submarines and 2× Type-033 Romeo-class submarines.

Bernees (Carlo Bergamini-class Emilio Bianchi) was launched on 25 January 2020 at the Fincantieri plants in Riva Trigoso. On 24 February 2021, she left La Spezia to undergo her first sea trial. The vessel was commissioned on April 13, 2021.

Bernees 1003​


Displacement:6,700 tons
Length:144.6 ft (44.1 m)
Beam:19.7 ft (6.0 m)
Draught:8.7 ft (2.7 m)
Propulsion:CODLAG 1 × 32 MW gas turbine General Electric/Avio LM2500+G4
2 × 2.5 MW electric motors Jeumont Electric
4 × diesel generators
2 × shafts, driving controllable pitch propellers
1 × 1 MW bow thruster
Speed:27 knots (50 km/h; 31 mph)
Sensors and
processing systems:
Leonardo Kronos Grand Naval (MFRA) Active electronically scanned array radar
CAPTAS-4 towed-array sonar
UMS 4110 CL hull-mounted sonar
Armament:1 × Leonardo Otobreda 127/64 Vulcano
1 × Leonardo OTO Melara 76/62 mm Davide/Strales CIWS gun
2 × Leonardo Oto Melara/Oerlikon KBA 25/80 mm remote weapon systems
2 x triple Leonardo (WASS) B-515/3 launcher for MU 90 torpedoes
16 Vertical Launch System VLS

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