The Molnya (Project 1242.1)-class missile corvette that Russia donated to the Egyptian Navy last year has been commissioned into service, the Egyptian Ministry of Defence (MoD) announced on 4 August.

The announcement came a year after Egypt said Russia was donating the vessel R-32 (832). At that time, R-32 was in Egypt to attend the ceremony marking the opening of the Suez Canal expansion project. It subsequently returned to Russia, where the MoD said Egyptian personnel were trained to operate the new vessel, which is now called Ahmed Fadel.

It has now returned to the Egyptian Navy base in Alexandria, where the commissioning ceremony was held. […]