El Minya

Egypt,Red Sea

El Minya was a Soviet produced T-43 class minesweeper sold to Egypt in 1955. Egypt bought a total of seven of these ships as a plan to upgrade and rearm her military forces. In 1970 the situation again became tense between Egypt and Israel, and after an Egyptian raid against Israel, the military airbase at Hurghada was attacked by several Israeli airplanes 6.February 1970. Minya which laid at anchor in the harbor, was most likely seen as a puny threat, but due to her being a navy vessel she was attacked and sunk. The wreck rest today on a depth of 20 to 32 meter right outside Hurghada Marina.

Former names:
El Minya

58,0 x 8,5 x 2,2 m
Tons: Built: Home Port:
500 displ
Kerch ( USSR ) 1954 Hurghada ( EG )
27°13'55 N; 33°51'34 E
Picture: T43 class minesweeper
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