HMS Raider (H15)

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For other ships of the same name, see HMS Raider.
HMS Raider 1942 IWM FL 9760.jpg
Raider in November 1942
Career (United Kingdom)
Name: HMS Raider (H15)
Builder: Cammell Laird & Company
Launched: 1942
Fate: Sold to India 1948
Career (India)
Name: INS Rana (D115)
Acquired: 1948
Commissioned: 1949
Decommissioned: 1976
Fate: Scrapped
General characteristics
Class & type: R-class destroyer

HMS Raider (H15) was an R or Rotherham class destroyer adopted by Romford during World War II. She was launched on 1st April 1942 as the 2nd RN ship to carry the name, previously borne by a destroyer built in 1916 and sold in 1927.[1]

The town council still has all of the relevant documents regarding the adoption. The local Sea Cadet Unit was renamed T S Raider.

She was placed in Reserve at Devonport in January 1946 and was recommissioned for service in the Mediterranean on 6th May that year. The ship was extensively deployed for Plane Guard duties with aircraft carriers and took part in Fleet exercises. She returned to UK in August 1947 and reduced to Reserve status. She was subsequently sold to the Indian Navy in 1948, where she was commissioned in 1949 as INS Rana (D115). She was decommissioned in 1976, and scrapped in 1979.[2]



  • Raven, Alan; Roberts, John (1978). War Built Destroyers O to Z Classes. London: Bivouac Books. ISBN 0-85680-010-4. 
  • Whitley, M. J. (1988). Destroyers of World War 2. Annapolis, Maryland: Naval Institute Press. ISBN 0-87021-326-1.