Egyptian sloop El Amir Farouq

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Emir Farouk
Kingdom of Egypt
Name: El Amir Farouq
Namesake: Farouk of Egypt
Builder: Hawthorn Leslie, Tyne, UK
Launched: 1926
Commissioned: 1936
Fate: Sunk 22 October 1948
General characteristics
Displacement: 1,441 t (1,418 long tons)
Length: 75.3 m (247 ft 1 in)
Beam: 10.4 m (34 ft 1 in)
Draught: 4.4 m (14 ft 5 in)
Speed: 17 knots (31 km/h; 20 mph)
Complement: 70
Armament: 1 x 1 - 57/40 6pdr Hotchkiss Mk I, 4 x 1 - 7.7/87

El Amir Farouq, also written as Emir Farouk or King Farouk, was a sloop of the Egyptian Navy launched in 1926 as a passenger cargo ship before conversion to military service in 1936. She was similar in construction and appearance to the Flower-class sloop but differed in engines and armament. She served as the flagship of the Egyptian Navy. On 22 October 1948,[1] the ship was sunk in the Mediterranean Sea off Gaza by an explosive motorboat of the Israeli Navy during the Israeli naval campaign in Operation Yoav as part of the 1948 Arab-Israeli War.[2][3][4]


  1. ^ Gray, Randal, ed., Conway′s All the World′s Fighting Ships 1947–1982, Part II: The Warsaw Pact and Non-Aligned Nations, Annapolis, Maryland: Naval Institute Press, 1983, ISBN 0-87021-919-7, p. 301.
  2. ^ "El Amir Farouq sloop (1926) - Egyptian Navy (Egypt)". navypedia. Retrieved 27 November 2015. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  3. ^ "El Amir Farouq 1926". TyneBuiltShips. Retrieved 27 November 2015. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  4. ^ Wandres, J., "Ben-Gurion's Bathtub Corps," Military History, March 2016, p. 67.