President Abdel Fattah El Sisi opened on Wednesday, Berenice military base, located in North of Halyeeb and Shalateen triangle, Southern Egypt.
The inauguration ceremony was attended by a galaxy of Arab and foreign leaders, including, Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi and Deputy Supreme Commander of the UAE Armed Forces, in addition to Defense Minister Lt. General Mohamed Zaki, Armed forces Chief-of Staff Lt. General Mohamed Farid, as well as a number of ambassadors and military attaches.
“See” sums up details about Berenice military Base:
- It is considered the largest naval base in the Middle East.
- It was established within the framework of the Egyptian armed forces’ comprehensive development and modernization strategy, to declare their readiness for all tasks entrusted to them in the southern strategic direction.
- It reflects the philosophy of the political leadership and the general leadership of the armed forces in building military bases to secure all strategic directions of the state.
- The Bernice military base- which was established in record time- is considered one of the Egyptian military castles on the southern strategic direction.
- The base is located on the Red Sea coast near the southern international border, east of Aswan.
- It covers an area of 150,000 acres.
- The military facilities at Berenice military base are varied to include in its naval section, a military pier with a length of 1000 meters and a depth of 14 meters, to meet the requirements of deep draft naval vessels such as aircraft carriers, and submarines.
- It includes many firing and training ranges for all weapons, in addition to a number of logistic and housing facilities.
- The military base comprises a naval base, air base, military hospital, and a number of combat and administrative units.
- The base also includes a commercial berth, multi-purpose berths, container-storage yards, in addition to Bernice International Airport and a seawater desalination plant.
- The strategic goal behind establishing such a military base is to protect and secure the Egyptian southern coasts, economic investments, and natural resources, as well as facing security challenges within the Red Sea and securing global navigation traffic, within the framework of Egypt’s future vision.