In a landmark deal, the UK has sold military vessels to Egypt for the first time in more than 30 years.
The Royal Fleet Auxiliary ships, Fort Austin and Fort Rosalie, were sold by the Defence Equipment Sales Authority (DESA).
Both Royal Navy Solid Support Ships were released from service earlier this year. Their new lease of life could also support UK jobs, with negotiations under way for refurbishment work on the vessels before they are exported.
Minister for Defence Procurement, Jeremy Quin, said: “Fort Austin and Fort Rosalie played an important role in sustaining our naval fleet for decades and I thank all involved in their essential work.
“As we nod to the past service of these ships, we can also look forward to the exciting future of welcoming our new Fleet Solid Support ships.