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US delivers 2 missile ships to Egypt, says they will support security of vital waterways

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CAIRO — The U.S. Embassy in Cairo says America has delivered two vessels, known as fast missile craft, to Egypt's navy to help it secure vital waterways such as the Suez Canal and Red Sea.

Monday's statement on the embassy website says the ships were delivered last week in the Mediterranean port city of Alexandria, doubling Egypt's current number of such vessels. The two previous vessels were also provided by the United States.

The embassy's senior defense official, Maj. Gen. Charles Hooper, says the delivery is a sign of America's ongoing commitment to Egypt and the two countries' shared security interests in the region.

The embassy says the total of four ships represent a $1.1 billion investment by the United States in its strategic partnership with Egypt.

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