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Egyptian SF chaps in the UK: Egyptian COS visit

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If you're an avid reader of The Guardian look away...now!

Egypt chief of staff heads to UK to discuss ‘military and security cooperation’

Published September 15th, 2015 - 15:00 GMT via SyndiGate.info

Egypt's Chief of Staff Mahmoud Hegazy left for the United Kingdom on Tuesday, a statement by the military said.

Hegazy's official visit to London is due to last several days and the chief of staff is set to hold talks with British officials on increasing "military and security cooperation," the military said in a statement.

Hegazy is also scheduled to discuss "counter-terrorism methods and restoring security and stability to the Middle East."

In June, the British army provided 31 Egyptian army officers with two-week training exercises on protection from improvised explosive devices.

Also in June, the UK invited Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi for talks in London, but no date for the prospective visit has been set.

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Lieutenant General / Mahmoud Hegazy Chief of Staff of the Armed Forces returned home at the end of his successful visit to London, during which he held many important talks regarding military and security cooperation with senior British officials.

In a meeting with General Sir John Nicholas Reynolds Houghton the Chief of the Defence Staff of the British Armed Forces, Colonel General Mahmoud Hegazy discussed multiple issues of common interest including the war on terrorism and the expansion of military cooperation between the two countries in multiple areas.

Following that meeting Colonel General Mahmoud Hegazy held talks with The Rt Hon Michael Fallon MP the British Secretary of State for Defence reflecting the extent to which both nations hold similar views on many issues including regional and international developments. The Egyptian Chief of Staff also met with the Prime Minister's National Security Advisor, and the directors of the British intelligence services.

Continuing his visit Hegazy visited the headquarters of the UKSF and watched a number of drills and exercises that required a high level of skill and professionalism to complete in difficult circumstances. The Chief of Staff also visited a British Army anti-terror unit that is currently conducting a joint exercise with Egyptian SF personnel in order to increase interoperability and achieve a better understanding between the two sides. He praised the high level of cooperation and understanding between the forces taking part in the exercise which would reflect positively on the implementation of tasks according to the highest scientific and technological systems*.

The visit achieved many fruitful results in terms of the consultations that took place and the coordination of efforts between the two countries in regards to the events and developments within the region. The sides also reached an understanding about the need to increase cooperation in various fields

The visit has achieved many fruitful results in terms of consultation and coordination of efforts between the two countries to that seen in the area of events and variables, as well as increase understanding about the aspects of joint cooperation in the fields of defense, transport and the exchange of military and security expertise in many fields including defence, transport, and the exchange of military expertise in multiple fields.

Translated from the Egyptian Armed Force's Official Spokesman's FB page

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The Egyptian SF chaps are Unit-999 Combat (sneaky beaky lads with multiple 'teams' for multiple things). It looks like they're on exercise or being trained by RMP close protection. Can anybody shed light on whether or not they're training with UKSF as the Egy MOD says?

Anyone met them over here and has an opinion?

The Egyptian COS has been here for quite a bit for both DSEI 2015 and for talks. The Guardian and several leftie wefties have been quite upset because of it. What are your opinions on improving ties?

Egyptian MOD footage

 

Mr_Fingerz

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@MuddledUOTCOcdt Would you like to put up some links in support of your assertions re The Guardian?
 
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All the Egyptian SF types have a terrible reputation for bollicking shit up
 
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Unit 999 (special ops & recce) should not be mistaken for Unit 777 (anti-terrorist) who kicked-off the raid on Larnarca Airport, Cyprus in 1978 with predictably ridiculous & fatal results.
Egyptian raid on Larnaca International Airport - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
It's initial form was rather disastrous although Op Malta was a rapidly deteriorating before they even got there. Although, they did play an active part in diffusing the Achille Lauro hijacking that isn't well known.

They were disbanded after 1985 and were reformed in the 90s and conducted a few ops since then. Egyptian SF are confusing with various units renamed, defunct, or re-branched.

All the Egyptian SF types have a terrible reputation for bollicking shit up
That's down to Unit-777 in the late 80s and 70s but other units before and after those dates really don't have a reputation in cocking up. Some like Group 39 have a stellar record.
 
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Keep them away from any Mexican restaurants, they might mistake them for ISIS bomb making factories.
 

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It's initial form was rather disastrous although Op Malta was a rapidly deteriorating before they even got there. Although, they did play an active part in diffusing the Achille Lauro hijacking that isn't well known.

They were disbanded after 1985 and were reformed in the 90s and conducted a few ops since then. Egyptian SF are confusing with various units renamed, defunct, or re-branched.



That's down to Unit-777 in the late 80s and 70s but other units before and after those dates really don't have a reputation in cocking up. Some like Group 39 have a stellar record.
They were so successful in dealing with the Achille Lauro hijacking that they were disbanded in the same year.

Makes sense to me.
 
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They were so successful in dealing with the Achille Lauro hijacking that they were disbanded in the same year.

Makes sense to me.
Disbanded in Egypt doesn't mean the same thing as it does here. There are multiple groups that die and reappear under a different name within a different branch of the Armed Forces or Interior. For example Unit 333 who were under the command of the Police who now go by State Hostage Rescue Force and are under the command of Egyptian Homeland Security.

Simply put their name wasn't used for a while but then reappeared in the late 90s after one of their ops.

Plus the Malta operation was in November of 1985 that was why it was disbanded.
 

Mr_Fingerz

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Why do I get the impression that the OP is a misguided fanboi?
 
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Why do I get the impression that the OP is a misguided fanboi?
Cus I am :(

Seriously though I'm not that interested in talking about the past of a completely different unit. Just interested what these chaps are doing here now and if they're any good.
 

Mr_Fingerz

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The consensus of opinion would appear to be that they are here for a short period to learn what they can, and that they are unmitigated shite.

HTH.
 
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'Egyptian Pt' used to be a precursor to Beaver Fit/ FOB Pt. I was always smashing out Egyptian PT on a Wed afternoon in the 90s. Coupled with a high biscuit intake which I found immense for developing a six pack.
 
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