Skip to comments.Sinking Eilat destroyer – 50 years on
Posted on 05/28/2018 8:34:29 PM PDT by sukhoi-30mki
INS Eilat - Wikimedia commons creation
CAIRO 29 May 2018: Egypts President Abdel Fatah al-Sisi decreed issuing a commemorative Golden Jubilee medal for the Egyptian naval forces on the occasion of the 50th anniversary of the sinking of Israeli Eilat destroyer.
The medal will be awarded to all members of the naval forces in service until October 21, 2017. The presidential decree no. 236/2018 was published in the Gazette.
Eilat, built in 1944, was originally serving in the British Royal Navy under the name of HMS ZEALOUS during the Second World War, participating in operations in the North Sea and off the Norwegian coast, before taking part in some of the Arctic convoys. It was sold to the Israeli Navy and participated in the Suez Crisis in 1956, attacking Egyptian ships and was still active by the outbreak of the Six-Day War in 1967.
In July 1967, the Eilat along with two motor torpedo boats (MTBs) encountered two Egyptian torpedo boats during one of its patrols off the northern Sinai shore. Giving chase, Eilat eventually sank both boats with the loss of all hands but the chase took them into Egyptian waters. While celebrated in Israel, it was roundly condemned in Egypt, which began planning a suitable response.
Only three months after this incident, Eilat was sunk. on October 21, 1967, an Egyptian Komar-class missile boat positioned within the harbor at Port Said fired two missiles at the Israeli destroyer. Eilat's radar did not reveal any suspicious activity or movements because the Egyptians launched the missiles from within the port. Eilat's captain ordered evasive action when the missiles were detected, but the first missile hit the ship just above the waterline. Two minutes later the second missile struck, causing additional casualties.
ِِAround an hour later another Egyptian Komar-class missile boat from Port Said harbor fired two more Styx missiles at Eilat. The third missile hit Eilat amidships, causing more damage and further fires, while the fourth went astray and crashed in the water nearby. Eilat sank about two minutes later. Out of a crew of 199 members, 47 were killed and more than a hundred were wounded.
This made Eilat the first vessel to be sunk by a missile boat in wartime. It was an important milestone in naval surface warfare.
Komar-class missile boat
Makes me wonder if Israel issued a medal to commemorate the 50th anniversary of their attack on the USS Liberty, which killed 34 US sailors and wounded over 170 others.
I’m disappointed that we never get pics of subs in action....
That’s the way they like it.
Lets celebrate the deaths of sailors on both sides!
At the same time, lets get us a baby to offer to Baal.
A "participation medal" for members of the Egyptian naval service who weren't even there, or born yet for that matter. How bizarre?
This was an “oh shit” moment for the US Navy. It did not understand the threat before the attack. The attack directly lead to developing what became the Harpoon missile.
al-Sisi decreed issuing a commemorative Golden Jubilee medal for the Egyptian naval forces on the occasion of the 50th anniversary of the sinking of Israeli Eilat destroyer.
Yeah, that was a real bright spot from the abject defeat (in six days) of the Arab gangs of would-be mass-murderers. Thanks sukhoi-30mki.
Disclaimer: Opinions posted on Free Republic are those of the individual posters and do not necessarily represent the opinion of Free Republic or its management. All materials posted herein are protected by copyright law and the exemption for fair use of copyrighted works.