Frigate ENS Al-Galala (FFG 1002)

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Basic information

Renaming:
  • Spartaco Schergat
Operator:
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Ship measurements

Displacement:
6,700 t
Length:
144.1 m
Beam:
6 m
Draft:
2.7 m

Machine

Propulsion system:
Propulsion:
  • 1 * 32 MW gas turbine General Electric/Avio LM2500+G4
  • 2 * 2.5 MW electric motors Jeumont Electric
  • 4 * diesel generators
  • VL 1716 (T2ME series by 2.15 MW everyone, on first two frigate; HPCR series by 2.8 MW everyone, since the third frigate)
  • 2 * shafts, driving controllable pitch propellers
  • 1 * 1 MW bow thruster
Speed:
27 knots
Range:
6,800 nmi (12,600 km; 7,800 mi) at 15 knots (28 km/h; 17 mph)

Personnel

Complement:
199

Combat assets

Electronics:
  • Leonardo Kronos Grand Naval (MFRA) Active electronically scanned array radar
  • UMS 4110 CL hull-mounted sonar
Armament:
  • 16-cell MBDA SYLVER A50 VLS for 16 MBDA Aster 15 and 30 missiles
  • 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
  • 8 * MBDA Teseo\Otomat Mk-2/A anti-ship and land attack missiles
  • 2 * triple Leonardo (WASS) B-515/3 launcher for MU 90 torpedoes
  • 2 * SITEP MASS CS-424 acoustic guns
Aircraft:
  • 2 * SH90
  • 1 * SH90
  • 1 * AW101 (armed with MU 90 torpedoes or MBDA Marte Mk2/S missiles)

ENS Al-Galala (FFG 1002) is a FREMM multipurpose frigate of the Egyptian Navy. Al-Galala was originally constructed as the Carlo Bergamini-class Spartaco Schergat before being acquired by Egypt and being renamed.

In 2020 and 2021 it was reported that Italy would sell all its FREMM-class frigates in the current production line (Spartaco Schergat and Emilio Bianchi) to Egypt. Spartaco Schergat was in the final stage of her sea trials while Emilio Bianchi would follow within one year. The deal reportedly also involved other military equipment and was worth 1.2 billion Euros.

Some sensitive equipment was deleted from the original Italian design, including the EW suite’s jammers, NETTUNO-4100 RECM system and Thales Altesse CESM equipment. SATCOM antennas were also removed from the communication suite.

On 26 January 2019, the launching ceremony of the ship took place at the Fincantieri plants in Riva Trigoso. On December 31, Al-Galala arrived at Alexandria's naval base after Italy finished training the Egyptian crew on operating the ship, and it was ready for service. Al-Galala can provide protection to Egyptian economic sites like Zohr Field, and other fields in the Mediterranean or the red sea. It's also capable for anti submarine warfare, and anti ship warfare. It was reported that Italy would then order two additional FREMM frigates to replace those transferred to Egypt with the anticipated delivery of the replacements by 2024.

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