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MAOZ large patrol yacht (1931/1948)


Ships


Name No Yard No Builder Laid down Launched Comp Fate
מָעוֹז [Maoz] (ex-Ben Hecht, ex-Satira, ex-Abril, ex-Cythera, ex-Vita, ex-Argosy) K24   Germaniawerft, Kiel, Germany     1931 // 9.1948 retired 1956


Technical data


Displacement standard, t 
Displacement full, t800
Length, m

62.7

Breadth, m

9.15

Draught, m

3.30

No of shafts2
Machinery

2 Krupp diesels

Power, h. p.2060
Max speed, kts

15

Fuel, t

diesel oil

Endurance, nm(kts) 
Armament

1 x 1 - 76/50 Mk 21, 4 x 1 - 20/70 Mk 10

Electronic equipmentradar
Complement

74



Project history

Former private yacht Argosy, served under USN flag as PY31 Cythera. She was stricken by USN in 1946 and in 1947 purchased by Israel and became a blockade runner Ben Hehcht, bringing 600 refugees to Palestine. 9.3.1947 she was intercepted by British destroyer Chieftain and towed to Haifa. In 1948 ship was converted to a gunship and commissioned by Israeli Navy.

Modernizations

None.

Naval service

After 1956 Suez/Sinai campaign Maoz was sold for mercantile service, in 2009 she was actively used.