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HAIFA frigate (1940/1956)

Haifa 1965

Name No Builder Laid down Launched Comp Fate
חֵיפָה <Haifa> (ex-Ibrahim El Awal, ex-Mohammed Ali) K38 Swan Hunter, Wallsend, UK 8/1940 9/4/1940 10/1940 // 31/10/1956 expended 1968

 

Displacement standard, t

1000

Displacement full, t

1450

Length, m

80.5 pp 85.3 oa

Breadth, m

8.84

Draught, m

3.81 deep load

No of shafts

2

Machinery

Parsons geared steam turbines, 2 Admiralty 3-drum boilers

Power, h. p.

19000

Max speed, kn

28

Fuel, t

oil 240

Endurance, nm(kts)

2500(20)

Armament

2 x 2 - 102/45 Mk 19, 2 x 1 - 40/39 Mk 8, 4 x 1 - 20/70 Mk 3, 2 DCT, 1 DCR (50)

Sensors type 285 radar, type 123A, 177 sonars

Complement

147

Ship project history: Captured off Haifa in the only major naval action of the 1956 Arab-Israeli War. The Egyptian frigate sailed from Port Said and, undetected in the darkness off the Israeli coast, fired 200rds of 102mm from 03.30 31/10/1956 at Haifa naval installations causing some damage but no casualties. The French destroyer Kersaint fired 64 rounds back but did not pursue as the Israeli destroyers Yaffa and Eilath were across the Egyptian's line of escape. They fired 436 rounds from 05.27 at ranges under 8km but it was two rocket-firing Ouragan jets which at dawn disabled Ibrahim El Awal and caused her surrender at 07.10 with two killed and eight wounded. She failed to scuttle due to rusty valves and Eilath towed her into Haifa. Commissioned into Israeli Navy January 1957.

Modernizations: None.

Naval service: No significant events.

Ivan Gogin, 2016