Allied Warships

HMIS Hindustan (L 80 / U 80)

Sloop of the Folkestone class

NavyThe Royal Indian Navy
TypeSloop
ClassFolkestone 
PennantL 80 / U 80 
Built bySwan Hunter and Wigham Richardson Ltd. (Wallsend-on-Tyne, U.K.): Hawthorn Leslie & Co. (Hebburn-on-Tyne, U.K.) 
Ordered15 Apr 1929 
Laid down4 Sep 1929 
Launched12 May 1930 
Commissioned10 Oct 1930 
End service 1948 
History

Transferred to Pakistan in 1948 being renamed Karsaz.

 

Commands listed for HMIS Hindustan (L 80 / U 80)

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CommanderFromTo
1Cdr. Geoffrey Vance Gordon Beamish, RIN29 Aug 19396 Jul 1941
2A/Cdr. Ivan Bryan Warburton Heanly, RIN6 Jul 19411 Dec 1942
3T/A/Lt.Cdr. William Joseph Wilson, RINR1 Dec 194222 Jul 1943
4T/A/Lt.Cdr. Charles Fyfe-Smith, RINR22 Jul 19431 Jul 1944
5A/Cdr. Henry Charles Bird, OBE, RIN1 Jul 1944

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Notable events involving Hindustan include:


28 Aug 1939
HMIS Hindustan (Cdr. P.A. Mare, RIN) arrived at Bombay from Trincomalee. At Bombay she was taken in hand for docking and boiler cleaning. (1)

2 Sep 1939
HMIS Hindustan (Cdr. G.V.G. Beamish, RIN) departed Bombay for the Persian Gulf. (1)

3 Sep 1939
At 1815 hours (zone -4), HMS Liverpool (Capt. A.D. Read, RN), departed Masirah Island in the Arabian Sea for patrol in the Arabian Sea. This was to provide cover for the movements of warships from the Royal Indian Navy; HMS Hindustan (Cdr. G.V.G. Beamish, RIN), HMS Indus (Cdr. Cdr. E.G.G. Hunt, RIN) and HMS Clive (Cdr. H.P. Hughes-Hallet, RIN); as well as the depot ship HMS Lucia (Cdr. J.F.W. Mudford, RN) (2)

15 Oct 1939
HMIS Hindustan (Cdr. G.V.G. Beamish, RIN) arrived at Bombay for a short refit. During this refit an Asdic set was fitted. (1)

2 Nov 1939
With her refit completed, HMIS Hindustan (Cdr. G.V.G. Beamish, RIN), departed Bombay for the Persian Gulf. (1)

11 Dec 1939
HMIS Hindustan (Cdr. G.V.G. Beamish, RIN) arrived at Aden where she joined the Perim patrol for about a month before she returned to the Persian Gulf. (3)

9 Apr 1940
HMIS Hindustan (Cdr. G.V.G. Beamish, RIN) arrived at Bombay from the Persian Gulf for a refit. (1)

5 May 1940
With her refit completed, HMIS Hindustan (Cdr. G.V.G. Beamish, RIN), departed Bombay for the Persian Gulf. She returned however the same day due to a defect in her port 'A' bracket. (1)

8 May 1940
HMIS Hindustan (Cdr. G.V.G. Beamish, RIN) departed Bombay for Karachi. (3)

10 May 1940
HMIS Hindustan (Cdr. G.V.G. Beamish, RIN) arrived at Karachi. (3)

11 May 1940
HMIS Hindustan (Cdr. G.V.G. Beamish, RIN) departed Karachi for the Persian Gulf. (3)

25 Nov 1941
Around 1000 hours, HMS Cornwall (Capt. P.C.W. Manwaring, RN), intercepted the Vichy-French merchant Surcouf (1129 GRT, built 1899) of the east coast of Somalia in position 07°17'N, 52°06'E. Shortly after noon a prize crew was put on board which brought her to Aden. The Surcouf was en route from Madagascar to Djibouti with food.

From Aden the Indian sloop HMIS Hindustan (A/Cdr. I.B.W Heanly, RIN) was sent out to join HMS Cornwall and the Surcouf to provide A/S protection as it was feared that a Vichy French submarine which had recently been at Djibouti would intervene.

HMIS Hindustan joined the Surcouf in the afternoon of 27 November 1941. (4)

14 Feb 1942

Convoy JS 2X.

This convoy departed Colombo on 14 February 1942 and arrived at Rangoon on 23 February 1942.

This convoy was made up of the troopships / transports; African Prince (British, 4653 GRT, built 1939), Ascanius (British, 10048 GRT, built 1910), Birchbank (British, 5151 GRT, built 1924), Mariso (Dutch, 7659 GRT, built 1930), Tingsang (British, 2256 GRT, built 1922) and Troja (Norwegian, 8814 GRT, built 1930).

The convoy was escorted by the British heavy cruiser HMS Cornwall (Capt. P.C.W. Manwaring, RN), the Australian destroyer HMAS Vampire (Cdr. W.T.A. Moran, RAN), the Indian sloop HMIS Hindustan (A/Cdr. I.B.W Heanly, RIN), the Australian minesweeper HMAS Lismore (Lt.Cdr. S.H. Crawford, RANR(S)) and the Indian auxiliary patrol vessel HMIS Ramdas (Lt. G.M. Hart, RINR).

The merchant vessel Tingsang was detached south-east of Ceylon to proceed to Madras escorted by HMIS Ramsdas.

HMAS Vampire, having been detached, returned to Colombo on 18 February.

HMS Cornwall returned to Colombo on 24 February.

The remainder of the convoy meanwhile had arrived at Rangoon on 23 February 1942. (5)

21 Sep 1944
HMS Surf (Lt. D. Lambert, DSC, RN) conducted A/S exercises off Colombo with HMIS Hindustan (A/Cdr. H.C. Bird, OBE, RIN) and HMAS Geraldton (Lt.Cdr. L.M. Carter, RANR). (6)

23 Sep 1944
HMS Surf (Lt. D. Lambert, DSC, RN) conducted A/S exercises off Colombo with HMIS Hindustan (A/Cdr. H.C. Bird, OBE, RIN) and HMAS Geraldton (Lt.Cdr. L.M. Carter, RANR). (6)

Sources

  1. ADM 199/368
  2. ADM 53/109582
  3. ADM 199/2556
  4. ADM 53/113987 + ADM 199/408
  5. ADM 199/426
  6. ADM 173/18906

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


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