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The first GOWIND class corvette ordered by the UAE from Naval Group was launched on 4th December in presence of His Highness Sheikh Saeed bin Hamdan Al-Nahyan, Commander of the UAE Naval Forces, according to a press release from Naval Group.

In 2019, the UAE ordered two GOWIND class corvettes to be built in France. The first has been named BANI YAS. The second unit is already under construction and is scheduled to be launched next year.

Naval Group will also train the UAE Navy’s crew from the equipment level up to the operational level. Starting in France, this preparation will continue with team-building and practice on operational scenarios in the Gulf. The GOWIND design has also been selected by two other navies and is in service with the Egyptian Navy.