Allied Warships

HMIS Rajputana (J 197)

Minesweeper of the Bangor class

NavyThe Royal Indian Navy
PennantJ 197 
ModReciprocating engined 
Built byLobnitz & Co. Ltd. (Renfrew, Scotland) 
Ordered24 Aug 1940 
Laid down21 Jun 1941 
Launched31 Dec 1941 
Commissioned30 Apr 1942 
End service 
HistoryScrapped in 1961.

Former nameHMS Lyme Regis

Commands listed for HMIS Rajputana (J 197)

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Philip Munday, RINR30 Jan 1943
1Lt. Walter George Coltham, RIN30 Jan 194321 Apr 1944
2T/A/Lt.Cdr. Charles Fyfe-Smith, RINR21 Apr 19441 Jul 1944
3T/Lt. John Vendrell, RINR1 Jul 1944Aug 1944

4T/A/Lt.Cdr. Gordon Turton Tait, RINVR1 Sep 19445 Oct 1944
5A/Lt.Cdr. Ajitendu Chakraverti, RIN5 Oct 1944ca. mid 46

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Notable events involving Rajputana include:

10 Mar 1943
HrMs O 23 (Lt.Cdr. A.M. Valkenburg, RNN) conducted exercises off Colombo with HMS Overdale Wyke, HMS Hoxa (T/Lt. H.P Davies, RNR), HMS Okapi and HMIS Rajputana (Lt W.G. Coltham, RIN). (1)

29 Sep 1943
HMIS Rajputana (Lt. W.G. Coltham, RIN) picks up 99 survivors from the British merchant Banffshire that was torpedoed and sunk by German U-boat U-532 south-west of the Laccadive Islands in position 09°26'N, 71°20'E.

28 Dec 1943
HMIS Rajputana (Lt. W.G. Coltham, RIN) picks up 166 survivors from the American merchant José Navarro that was torpedoed and sunk the previous day by German U-boat U-178 about 175 nautical miles south-west of Cochin, India in position 08°20'N, 73°55'E.


  1. File (Dutch Archives, The Hague, Netherlands)

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