INS Sufa

Israel,Akaba Bay

INS Sufa was one of five missile boats of the Sa'ar3 class Israel had to "steal" from France in 1969, despite these boats already had been paid for. In the 1960s Israel modernized her small navy, and ordered twelve missile boats from Germany.  Three of these were delivered, and the rest was to be built in Cherbourg. In 1967 President De Gaulle introduced an embargo after tensions between Lebanon and Israel, and the boats were held back. Israel solved this by making a false Norwegian shipping company, registered in Panama, who wished to buy the boats. This deal was no problem for France and at night 24.December 1969 the boats steamed out of Cherbourg harbor, all manned by Israeli crew. Sufa was in service from 1969 to 1988 in the Israeli Navy. In 1994 she was scuttled as an artificial reef. The wreck rest today on a depth of 23 meter approx 60 meter outside the marina at Village Beach in Eilat.

Former names:
INS Sufa
45,0 x 7,6 x 1,8 m
Tons: Built: Home Port:
220 displ
Cherbourg ( F ) 1969 Eilat ( IL )

Picture : Sa'ar3 class boats on maneuver
Originally from
Underwater Video
Last updated: May 2018