Battle of Rumani Coast

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Battle of Rumani Coast
Part of the Arab-Israeli conflict
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Victorious Israeli MTB crew raise the broom on the topmast as a traditional maritime sign of victory.
Date July 11, 1967
Location Sinai coast, near Rumani vicinity
Result Israeli victory
Belligerents
Israel Israel Egypt Egypt
Commanders and leaders
Yitzhak Shushan
Eli Rahav
Unknown
Strength
1 destroyer
2 torpedo boats
2 torpedo boats
Casualties and losses
None Two MTBs sunk, no known survivors

The Battle of Rumani Coast (Hebrew: קרב רומני‎) was a naval engagement that took place on the night of July 11, 1967 between Israeli and Egyptian naval forces, near the vicinity of Rumani. Two Egyptian torpedo boats were sunk in the action for no Israeli losses.[1]

Background[edit]

Following Israel’s victory in the Six-Day War, Israel’s coastline was significantly enlarged and now included the Sinai Peninsula coast.[1] The Israeli navy now sought to enforce Israeli sovereignty over this large area and began regular patrols of the Sinai coastline up to the approaches of Port Said.[2]

Battle[edit]

On July 9 INS Eilat, a Z Class destroyer commanded by Yitzhak Shushan, set sail due west toward the Sinai coast. INS Eilat subsequently rendezvoused with ex-French Motor Torpedo Boats Aya and Daya. The flotilla patrolled northwest of the Sinai coast, under orders to stop vessels crossing the demarkation line toward the Sinai coast.[2]

On July 11 at approximately 21:45, the signals intelligence intercept operator in Eilat reported two Egyptian missile boats were about to sortie. The Israeli torpedo boats picked up a target on radar shortly thereafter. The Egyptians were about 15 miles[clarification needed] from the MTBs and 12 miles[clarification needed] from Eilat, moving east at 15 kn (17 mph; 28 km/h). The Israelis marked a course to intercept. Eilat closed from the north, Aya and Daya from the east. The Egyptian vessels, later identified as P 6-class torpedo boats, discovered the Israeli MTBs approaching at full speed and commenced fire.[2] The Israelis returned fire with Bofors and Oerlikons. The initial run scored no hits but the Egyptian MTBs dispersed. The separation enabled Eilat to close one and the two MTBs the other. Twenty minutes later, both P 6ss were ablaze. The fire caused their torpedoes to explode. There were no Israeli losses and no known Egyptian survivors.[2]

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