We must plant the sea and herd its animals using the sea as farmers instead of hunters. That is what civilization is all about - farming replacing hunting.
Jacques-Yves Cousteau

HMS Myngs - El Qaher - Red Sea   


I was lucky enough to be invited onto this expedition by Emperor Divers in Egypt and here is the video of the wreck of this vessel

Ten officers have been selected for their distinguished services to be honoured by having destroyers named after them. The oldest of these is Sir Christopher Myngs, who was born in 1625, and as captain of the Elizabeth took part in the first Dutch War. In 1664 he was vice-admiral of the Channel Squadron under Prince Rupert, and was knighted for his bravery at the battle ofLowestoft. He was mortally wounded in the battle off the North Foreland in 1666. 

HMS Myngs was launched in 1943 and then commissioned into the Royal Navy in 1944.  With World War II coming to an end the only combat action that the Myngs was involved in was off the coast of Norway.   On November 12/13th 1944, during Operation Counterblast, 15 officers of HMS Myngs received awards for their actions during an attack on a Germany convoy.  The British battle squadron consisted of HM Ships Kent, Bellona, Verulam and Myngs.  Twelve enemy ships were attacked and only one managed to escape the onslaught.

After the Norway action, 5 officers and men of HMS Myngs received awards for services during passage of Convoys JW65 and RA65 to and from North Russia (Operation SCOTTISH).

At the end of the war HMS Myngs joined a peacetime navy and spent most of its service with the Mediterranean fleet and in 1955 was decommissioned and sold to the Egyptian Navy as El Qaher. 

El Qaher served the Egyptian Navy as an anti submarine destroyer but its career came to an abrupt end when Israeli Jets bombed her and sent her to the bottom.