Thursday, July 16, 2015

Isis in the Sinai claims Egypt's vessel 'rocket attack and destruction'

ISIS in the Sinai claims to have takena missile shot at an Egyptian "frigate" and destroyed the ship, as reported by the International Business Times in Isis in the Sinai claims Egypt's vessel 'rocket attack and destruction'

The Islamic State (Isis)'s offshoot in Egypt – the Sinai Province – claims it launched a rocket and destroyed an Egyptian Navy frigate in the Mediterranean sea. The IS affiliate released pictures of what it said was a guided anti-tank rocket attack on the vessel off the coast of northern Sinai, in Rafah, an area bordering Israel and the Gaza strip. The Egyptian military said it exchanged fire with militants off the coast and the boat caught fire, but there were no casualties as result of the incident. It did not mention that the boat was destroyed.
An official IS statement boasted online that the naval attack was the first of its kind and the start of maritme operations in the Mediterranean.
The vessel was tasked with patrolling Egyptian territorial waters and has been used to move army and police personnel to Egypt. According to terror expert Charles Lister, IS probably used an anti-tank guided missile for the attack similar to the ones used in the Sinai.

If true, the price of inshore patrolling in certain parts of the world has increased.

Seems about time to really go after these "JV" players.

You might recall about 9 years ago when an Israeli naval vessel was hit by a missile fired by Hezbollah, that time with Iranian support.


  1. Anonymous11:53 AM

    That's an awfully big fireball for an ATGM. Maybe a Koronet.

    Also, most wire guided ATGMs have a limited range over salt water.

    I'm not saying it isn't an ATGM, just keeping open the possibility it's something else.

  2. The significance of this attack depends on WHICH missile was used and where the tangos got it? The Hanit attack was done by a C-80 which would appear much larger than what is in the photos provided.
    see also Chuck Hill's post:

  3. we should also note the there ARE US forces in the Sinai as part of the Multinational Force of Observers.

  4. Anonymous3:17 PM

    Hmm, Egypt says something happened. Could the pictures be photo shopped? Could they be from some test and claimed as what they did? Of course, maybe it is as bad as it looks.......