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HAIFA frigate (1940/1956)


Ships


Name No Yard 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


Technical data


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

2 sets Parsons geared steam turbines, 2 Admiralty 3-drum boilers

Power, h. p.

19000

Max speed, kts

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)

Electronic equipmenttype 271, type 285, type 291 radars, type 128 sonar
Complement

147



Standard scale images


<i>Haifa </i>1965
Haifa 1965


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.