The Egyptian naval units consist of 120 vessels, the oldest of which (still in service) is the El Horria (originally the Mahroussa), built for the Khedive of Egypt and commissioned in 1865. A ship displacing 3,762 tons with a crew of 160, it was the first ship to pass through the Suez Canal when it served as the royal yacht (which it still does occasionally).

Supported by foreign military financing, it served to evacuate two or more monarchs into exile, including King Farouk in 1952.

A cruise on the El Horria to some sympathetic Arab nation would seem like a fitting end for Hosni Mubarak.

Loren Feldman, Sabattus


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