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HMIS Godaveri

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Name  Godavari
Ordered  29 August 1940
Laid down  30 August 1941
Construction started  30 August 1941
Length  91 m
Namesake  Godavari River
Yard number  Yard 1386
Commissioned  28 June 1943
Launched  21 March 1943
Draft  3.4 m
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Builder  John I. Thornycroft & Company

HMIS Godavari (U 52) was a Black Swan class sloop which served in the Royal Indian Navy (RIN) during World War II.

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Godavari was transferred to Pakistan in 1948 after the Partition of India and eventually renamed PNS Sind.

Operational service

HMIS Godavari was built by John I. Thornycroft & Company and commissioned in 1943. Following commissioning she was sent to Scapa Flow for trials and working up. She was deployed in home waters for convoy defence on the UK-Gibraltar route. On 22 December 1943 she was involved in a collision with the SS Manchester Progress and was sent for repair in Londonderry.

On completion of repairs in February 1944 Godavari was nominated for transfer to the Eastern Fleet and convoy defence in the Indian Ocean, where she arrived in April 1944.

On 12 August the German submarine U-198 was sunk near the Seychelles, in position 03º35'S, 52º49'E, by depth charges from the British frigate HMS Findhorn (under the command of Lt.Cdr. J.C. Dawson, RD, RNR) and Godavari (under the command of A/Cdr. A.B. Goord, RIN).

Between January and March 1945 she was nominated for support of military operations in Burma. In August she was also nominated for support of the allied landings in Japan as part of Operation Zipper, howebere this operation was cancelled following the dropping of the atomic bombs and Japan's subsequent surrender.

Her commanding officers in the Royal Indian Navy were:

  • From 22 Jun 1943 to 10 May 1944: A/Capt. James Wilfred Jefford OBE, RIN
  • From 10 May 1944 to 10 Feb 1945: A/Cdr. Anthony Brian Goord, RIN
  • From 10 Feb 1945 to 1948: A/Lt.Cdr. Hajee Mohammed Siddiq Choudry, RIN
  • Post war

    After the Independence of India and the subsequent Partition, she was among the vessels transferred to Pakistan, where she was renamed PNS Sind.

    References

    HMIS Godaveri Wikipedia


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