HMIS Gondwana (K348)

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Career  Royal Navy
Name: Burnet
Ordered: 22 July 1942
Builder: Ferguson Shipbuilders, Limited
Launched: 31 May 1943
Commissioned: 15 May 1945
Out of service: 1947
Identification: Pennant number: K348
Fate: Sold to Royal Thai Navy
Career  Royal Indian Navy
Name: Gondwana
Acquired: 15 May 1945, on loan from Royal Navy
Commissioned: 15 May 1945
Out of service: 17 May 1946
Identification: Pennant number: K348
Fate: Returned to Royal Navy
Career  Royal Thai Navy
Name: Bangpakong
Acquired: 15 May 1947 from the Royal Navy
Fate: Decommissioned
General characteristics
Class & type: Flower-class corvette (modified)
Displacement: 1,015 long tons (1,031 t; 1,137 short tons)
Length: 208 ft (63.40 m)o/a
Beam: 33 ft (10.06 m)
Draught: 11 ft (3.35 m)
Propulsion: Single shaft, 2× oil fired water tube boilers, 1 triple-expansion reciprocating steam engine, 2,750 ihp (2,050 kW)
Speed: 16 knots (29.6 km/h)
Range: 3,500 nautical miles (6,482 km) at 12 knots (22.2 km/h)
Complement: 90
Sensors and
processing systems:
One Type 271 SW2C radar, one Type 144 sonar
Armament:

1 × 4-inch (100 mm) BL Mk.IX single gun
1 × 2-pounder Mk.VIII single "pom-pom"
2 × 20 mm Oerlikon single
1 × Hedgehog A/S mortar
4 × Mk.II depth charge throwers

2 depth charge rails with 70 depth charges

HMIS Gondwana was a World War II Flower-class corvette of the Royal Indian Navy (RIN). She was originally ordered for and commissioned as HMS Burnet of the Royal Navy, but transferred to RIN immediately upon commissioning.[1]

She was transferred back to the Royal Navy in 1946 and subsequently sold to the Royal Thai Navy in 1947, and commissioned as HTMS Bangpakong.

History[edit]

Burnet was ordered from Ferguson Shipbuilders, Limited in Glasgow for the Royal Navy in 1942. She was transferred to the Royal Indian Navy immediately and commissioned as HMIS Gondwana on 15 May 1945, just months before the end of World War II. After the war, she was briefly used as an apprentice seaman training ship before being transferred back to the Royal Navy just on 17 May 1946.

She was sold to the Royal Thai Navy in 1947 as HTMS Bangpakong, and served in the Korean War in 1950–1951 before returning to Thailand. Bangpakong has since been decommissioned.[2]

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ "HMIS Gondwana". Uboat.net. Retrieved 2012-03-28. 
  2. ^ "ความเป็นมา (History)". Royal Thai Navy First Frigate Fleet website (in Thai). Retrieved 30 November 2011.