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 ships of this class. In 1970 the situation was tense between Egypt and Israel, and after an Egyptian raid against Israel, the military airbase at Hurghada was attacked by Israeli airplanes 6.February 1970. Minya which laid at anchor in the harbor was probably seen as a puny threat to the airplanes but due to her being a navy vessel she was nevertheless attacked and sunk. The wreck rest today on a depth of 19 to 32 meter 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 )

N 27°13.543′ E 033°50.861
( Source: Red Sea Wreck Project )

Picture: T43 class minesweeper
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