In November 1983, Egypt ordered a class of nine 93-foot patrol craft for service with its Coast Guard, a division of the Egyptian Navy. The first three were completed in 1985 at Morgan City, Louisiana, by Swiftships, Inc., which provided kits for the assembly of the other half dozen by Osman Ahmed Osman & Co., Ismaila, Egypt. Originally lightly armed with a .50-caliber machine gun forward and a 20-mm gun aft, the boats have been rearmed with surplus Soviet-supplied weapons: a twin 25-mm/80-caliber mount is now located forward and a single 14.5mm machine gun aft. The steel-hulled craft, which frequently are sighted in Egyptian harbors and coastal waters, displace 102 tons full load and can achieve 27 knots on their twin MTU diesels. The Egyptian Coast Guard also operates 11 similar-sized, locally designed craft, more than 50 smaller patrol boats, and 4 small tugboats.