Allied Warships

HMIS Khyber (J 190)

Minesweeper of the Bangor class

NavyThe Royal Indian Navy
PennantJ 190 
ModTurbine engined 
Built byWilliam Hamilton & Co. (Port Glasgow, Scotland) : Parsons 
Ordered20 Dec 1939 
Laid down10 Dec 1940 
Launched17 Feb 1942 
Commissioned12 Aug 1942 
End service 
HistoryScrapped in 1949.

Former nameHMS Harwich

Commands listed for HMIS Khyber (J 190)

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1Lt. Bhaskar Sadashiv Soman, RIN1942mid 1943
2T/Lt. William Russell Page, RINVRmid 194312 Jun 1943
3T/Lt. Horace Charles Herbert Berry, RINR12 Jun 19437 Jul 1944
4T/Lt. William Donald Feather Clayton, RINR7 Jul 194414 Dec 1945

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Notable events involving Khyber include:

28 Nov 1942
HMS P 614 (Lt. H.W. Wilkinson, RN) conducted A/S exercises off Freetown together with HMS Milford (Cdr. (retired) the Hon. V.M. Wyndham-Quin, RN) and HMIS Khyber. (1)

4 Feb 1943
HrMs O 21 (Lt.Cdr. J.F. van Dulm, RNN) conducts A/S exercises of Diego Suarez with HMIS Khyber (Lt. B.S. Soma, RIN), HMS Lurched (T/Lt. J. Muir, RNVR) and HMS Mastiff (ii) (T/Lt. C.M. Motherwell, RNVR). (2)


  1. ADM 173/17528
  2. File (Dutch Archives, The Hague, Netherlands)

ADM numbers indicate documents at the British National Archives at Kew, London.

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