HMIS Kalavati (4.158)
Auxiliary patrol vessel
|Navy||The Royal Indian Navy|
|Type||Auxiliary patrol vessel|
|Class||[No specific class]|
|Built by||Bow McLachlan & Co. (Paisley, Scotland)|
|Launched||14 Sep 1928|
|Commissioned||31 Oct 1939|
Completed in November 1929 as passenger/cargo vessel. Displacement: 1185 tons. Dimensions: 70.3 x 11.8 feet.
Requisitioned by the RIN on 5 October 1939. Became a store carrier in 1944. Returned to her owner in 1945.
Commands listed for HMIS Kalavati (4.158)
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|1||Lt. George Meredith Hart, RINR||8 Oct 1939||Oct 1940|
|2||Lt. Ajitendu Chakraverti, RIN||Oct 1940||16 Feb 1941|
|3||E. C. Wrigley, RINR||16 Feb 1941||2 Nov 1941|
|4||T/Lt. Harold James Gahan, RINR||2 Nov 1941||1 Dec 1942|
|5||T/Lt. Santasing Gill, RINR||1 Dec 1942||28 Dec 1943|
|6||J C Turner, RINR||28 Dec 1943||22 Mar 1945|
|7||A/Lt.Cdr. Robert George Main, RINR||22 Mar 1945||5 Apr 1945|
|8||T/A/Lt.Cdr. Alexander Taylor, RINR||5 Apr 1945||23 Jul 1945|
|9||T/Lt. John Alexander Taylor Stephen, RINR||23 Jul 1945||23 Oct 1945|
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Notable events involving Kalavati include:
22 Dec 1943
Convoy CJ 9A.
This convoy departed Calcutta on 22 December 1943.
It was made up of the following LST's; HMS LST 180 (?), HMS LST 215 (Cdr.(Retd.) G.H.F. Owles, RN), HMS LST 238 (?), USS LST 17 (Lt. H.B. Gallagher, USCGR), USS LST 21 (Cdr. T.W. Greene, USN), USS LST 25 (Lt. E.F. Macellus, USNR), USS LST 72 (Lt. J.A. Lombard, USNR), USS LST 73 (Lt. H.M. Crossan, USNR), USS LST 175 (Lt. E.J. Fitzgerald, USNR), USS LST 176 (Lt.(jg) J.A. Salt, USNR), USS LST 208 (Lt. A. Strickland, USNR) and USS LST 209 (Lt. F.T. Ratchford, USNR).
On departure from Calcutta the convoy was escorted by the minelayer HrMs Willem van der Zaan (Lt.Cdr. G.P. Küller, RNN) and the auxiliary patrol vessel HMIS Kalavati (T/Lt. S. Gill, RINR).
Around 0730FG/25, the convoy escort was reinforced when the destroyer HMAS Quiberon (Cdr. G.S. Stewart, RAN) joined.
The destroyer HMS Quality (Lt.Cdr. G.L. Farnfield, DSO, RN), which had been in company with HMAS Quiberon proceeded to Madras with HMS LST 180 and HMS LST 238 arriving there later on the 25th.
The convoy arrived at Colombo on 27 December 1943. (1)
- Report of proceedings of HMAS Quiberon for December 1943 + War diary of USS LST 21 for December 1943