The first pictures of Egypt’s new submarine and corvette from Germany’s ThyssenKrupp Marine Systems have been released. The submarine affair in Israel, which involves the ThyssenKrupp firm, is still being investigated by the Israel Police.







The submarine docks in Egpyt

The submarine docks in Egpyt Photo Credit: Channel 2 News

A submarine and a corvette manufactured by ThyssenKrupp Marine Systems, the company in the center of the submarine affair being investigated by the Israel Police, docked Thursday at the port in Alexandria, Egypt. The vessels were welcomed with a special ceremony attended by Egyptian President Abdel Fattah el-Sisi.

The Egyptian Navy purchased four Type-209 submarines made in Germany as part of a deal that was disputed in Israel. These submarines, off of which the first generation of Israel’s Dolphin-class submarines was based, weigh about 1,586 tons each.







The submarine docks in Egpyt

The submarine docks in Egpyt Photo Credit: Channel 2 News

Yesh Atid chairman Yair Lapid claimed in July that Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu sanctioned the submarine sale to Egypt without informing senior Israeli officials of his decision. However, the Der Spiegel archives show a different story.

Before the Arab Spring revolts and the removal of former Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak, reports showed that the Germans and Egyptians were engaged in negotiations regarding the sale and that Israel had no opposition to the deal at the time. However, in 2012, it was reported by the German newspaper that Netanyahu and senior Israeli ministers were pressuring Germany to cancel the submarine deal with Cairo.