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)

23 Jun 1940

Convoy BN 1.

This convoy departed Bombay on 23 June 1940 for the Suez where it arrived on 12 July 1940.

The convoy was made up of the following merchant vessels; Akbar (British, 4043 GRT, built 1924), Alavi (British, 3566 GRT, built 1924), Anna Odland (Norwegian, 4980 GRT, built 1939), Beaconstreet (British, 7467 GRT, built 1927), British Architect (British (tanker), 7388 GRT, built 1922), British Hope (British (tanker), 6951 GRT, built 1928), Svenor (Norwegian (tanker), 7616 GRT, built 1931), Turbo (British, 4781 GRT, built 1912) and William Strachan (Norwegian (tanker), 6157 GRT, built 1931).

On departure from Bombay the convoy was escorted by the light cruiser HMS Ceres (Capt. E.G. Abbott, AM, RN) and the armed merchant cruiser HMS Cathay (A/Capt.(Retd.) C.M. Merewether, RN).

HMS Cathay parted company with the convoy on 2 July after the light cruiser HMNZS Leander (Capt. H.E. Horan, RN) and sloops HMIS Hindustan (Cdr. G.V.G. Beamish, RIN) and HMS Shoreham (Cdr. G.P. Claridge, RN) had joined the escort.

HMS Ceres parted company with the convoy on 4 July.

The destroyer HMS Kingston (Lt.Cdr. P. Somerville, DSO, RN) joined the convoy on 5 July 1940. HMIS Hindustan then parted company.

Off Aden the merchant vessels Alavi and Beaconstreet parted company with the convoy. They arrived at Aden on 6 July.

Off Aden the RFA tanker Plumleaf (5916 GRT, built 1917) and the armed boarding vessel HMS Chakdina (Lt.Cdr. W.R. Hickey, RNR) also joined the convoy.

Also off Aden the AA cruiser HMS Carlisle (Capt. G.M.B. Langley, OBE, RN), destroyer HMS Kandahar (Cdr. W.G.A. Robson, RN) and sloop HMS Flamingo (Cdr. J.H. Huntley, RN) joined the convoy.

On 9 July HMS Carlisle, HMS Kandahar and HMS Kingston parted company with the convoy.

On 10 July HMNZS Leander, HMS Flamingo and HMS Shoreham parted company with the convoy being relieved as escorts by the sloops HMS Clive (Cdr. H.R. Inigo-Jones, RIN) and HMS Grimsby (Cdr. K.J. D'Arcy, RN). (4)

17 Jul 1940

Convoy BN 2.

This convoy departed Bombay on 17 July 1940 for the Suez where it arrived on 5 August 1940.

The convoy was made up of the following merchant vessels; British Consul (British (tanker), 6940 GRT, built 1924), Clydefield (British (tanker), 7365 GRT, built 1928), Cornwall (British, 10605 GRT, built 1920), Daviken (Norwegian, 2922 GRT, built 1926), Ellenga (British, 5196 GRT, built 1911), Germa (Norwegian, 5282 GRT, built 1920), Grena (Norwegian (tanker), 8117 GRT, built 1934), Hoegh Hood (Norwegian (tanker), 9351 GRT, built 1936), Jalarashimi (British, 4449 GRT, built 1918), Jehangir (British, 3566 GRT, built 1924),Longwood (British (tanker), 9463 GRT, built 1930), Nawab (British, 5430 GRT, built 1915), Olivia (Dutch (tanker), 6307 GRT, built 1939), Ranee (British, 5060 GRT, built 1928) and Varsova (British, 4701 GRT, built 1914).

On departure from Bombay the convoy was escorted by the light cruiser HMS Ceres (Capt. E.G. Abbott, AM, RN) and the armed merchant cruisers HMS Cathay (A/Capt.(Retd.) C.M. Merewether, RN) and HMAS Westralia (Cdr. A.S. Rosenthal, RAN).

On 20 July two of the merchant ships parted company with the convoy to proceed to other destinations, these were the tankers British Consul (to Trincomalee) and Clydefield (to Colombo).

On 26 July the armed merchant cruisers HMS Cathay and HMAS Westralia parted company with the convoy while the light cruiser HMNZS Leander (Capt. H.E. Horan, RN) joined the convoy.

On 27 July the sloops HMIS Hindustan (Cdr. G.V.G. Beamish, RIN) and HMS Shoreham (Cdr. G.P. Claridge, RN) joined the convoy to provided A/S escort while the convoy was approaching Aden.

On the 29th the merchant vessels Jerhangir and Varsova split off from the convoy and proceeded to Aden escorted by HMS Ceres.

The following merchant ships joined the convoy at Aden; Beaconstreet (British, 7467 GRT, built 1927), British Judge (British (tanker), 6735 GRT, built 1921), Marija Petrinovic (Yugoslavian, 5684 GRT, built 1918), Mathura (British, 8890 GRT, built 1920), Ozarda (British, 6985 GRT, built 1940) and Peshawur (British, 7934 GRT, built 1919).

On 30 July the AA cruiser HMS Carlisle (Capt. G.M.B. Langley, OBE, RN), destroyers HMS Kandahar (Cdr. W.G.A. Robson, RN), HMS Kimberley (Lt.Cdr. J.S.M. Richardson, RN) and the sloop HMS Flamingo (Cdr. J.H. Huntley, RN) joined the convoy to escort it partly through the Red Sea. HMIS Hindustan and HMS Shoreham parted company with the convoy on 30 July.

On 3 August the following merchant vessels split off to proceed to Port Sudan; Daviken, Grena, Marija Petrinovic and Ozarda. They were escorted to there by HMS Kimberley.

Also on 3 August 1940 HMS Leander, HMS Carlisle, HMS Kandahar and HMS Flamingo parted company with the convoy, while the sloop HMS Clive (Cdr. H.R. Inigo-Jones, RIN) joined the convoy to escort it on it's last leg to Suez.

16 Aug 1940
From 16 to 19 August 1940, Allied troops from Berbera, Italian Somaliland, were evacuated to Aden.

The troops were evacatuated by the transports Akbar (4043 GRT, built 1924), Laomedon (6491 GRT, built 1912), the hospital ship Vita (4691 GRT, built 1914) as well as the armed boarding vessels HMS Chakdina (Lt.Cdr. W.R. Hickey, RNR) and HMS Chantala (Lt.Cdr.(Retd.) C.E.I. Gibbs, RN).

Cover for the evacuation was provided by the light cruisers HMAS Hobart (Capt. H.L. Howden, RAN), HMS Caledon (Capt. C.P. Clarke, RN), HMS Ceres (Capt. E.G. Abbott, AM, RN), AA -cruiser HMS Carlisle (Capt. G.M.B. Langley, OBE, RN), destroyers HMS Kandahar (Cdr. W.G.A. Robson, RN), HMS Kimberley (Lt.Cdr. J.S.M. Richardson, RN), sloops HMS Auckland (Cdr. J.G. Hewitt, DSO, RN), HMS Shoreham (Cdr. G.P. Claridge, RN), HMAS Parramatta (Lt.Cdr. J.H. Walker, MVO, RAN), HMS Indus (Cdr. Cdr. E.G.G. Hunt, RIN), HMIS Hindustan (Cdr. G.V.G. Beamish, RIN), minesweeper HMS Derby (Lt.Cdr. F.C.V. Brightman, RN) and the netlayer HMS Protector (Capt. W.Y la L. Beverley, RN).

On 17 August, HMS Ceres bombarded Italian Army targets which temporarily halted the Italian advance.

On 18 August, HMS Caledon and HMS Kandahar bombarded enemy units on the Bulhar-Berbera road.

The evacuation was completed on the 18th. Over 7000 men had been evacuated.

The last men were taken off by HMAS Hobart which Berbera early on the 19th for Aden with the last of the Army personnel and the demolition parties which had demolished the harbour facilities. HMS Indus proceeded along the coast to pick up stragglers. (4)

26 Jan 1941

Convoy BNF 1.

This convoy departed Bombay on 26 January 1941 for Suez where it arrived on 6 February 1941.

The convoy was made up of the following merchant vessels; Egra (British, 5108 GRT, built 1911), El Madina (British, 3962 GRT, built 1937), Felix Roussel (French, 17083 GRT, built 1930), Santhia (British, 7754 GRT, built 1925) and Varela (British, 4651 GRT, built 1914).

On departure from Bombay the convoy was escorted by the armed merchant cruiser HMS Hector (Capt.(Retd.) F. Howard, DSC, RN).

She remained with the convoy until around 0800/31 when the destroyer HMS Kingston (Lt.Cdr. P. Somerville, DSO, RN) took over the convoy.

On 31 January the sloops HMS Flamingo (Cdr. J.H. Huntley, RN) and HMIS Hindustan (Cdr. G.V.G. Beamish, RIN) departed Aden to join the convoy after which HMS Kingston was to proceed to Aden.

On 1 February the destroyer HMS Kandahar (Cdr. W.G.A. Robson, RN) and sloop HMAS Parramatta (Lt.Cdr. J.H. Walker, MVO, RAN) sailed from Aden to join the convoy. Also from Aden sailed four merchant ships which were to join the convoy, these were; Baluchistan (British, 6992 GRT, built 1940), Hav (Norwegian, 5062 GRT, built 1939), Peter Maersk (British, 5476 GRT, built 1932) and Rinda (Norwegian, 6029 GRT, built 1917).

HMS Kandahar, HMS Flamingo and HMAS Parramatta arrived at Port Sudan on 3 February. The merchant vessel Varela also proceeded to Port Sudan.

The convoy arrived at Suez on 6 February escorted by HMIS Hindustan. (5)

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. (6)

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. (7)

22 Jul 1943
During 22/23 July 1943, HMS Kenya (Capt. D.P. Evans, RN) and HMS Hindustan (T/A/Lt.Cdr. W.J. Wilson, DSO, RINR) conducted exercises off Trincomalee. These included night exercises. (8)

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). (9)

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). (9)

Sources

  1. ADM 199/368
  2. ADM 53/109582
  3. ADM 199/2556
  4. ADM 199/383
  5. ADM 199/408
  6. ADM 53/113987 + ADM 199/408
  7. ADM 199/426
  8. ADM 53/117707
  9. ADM 173/18906

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


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