INS Mysore (C60)

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Career (India)
Name: INS Mysore C60 [1]
Builder: Vickers Armstrongs, Walker, Newcastle upon Tyne
Laid down: 8 February 1938
Launched: 18 July 1939 (as HMS Nigeria)
Acquired: 29 August 1957
Decommissioned: 20 August 1985
Fate: Scrapped
General characteristics
Class & type: Fiji class cruiser
Displacement: 8,530 tonnes standard
10,450 tons full load
Length: 169.3 m (555.5 ft)
Beam: 18.9 m (62 ft)
Draught: 5.0 m (16.5 ft)
Propulsion:

Four oil fired 3-drum Admiralty-type boilers,

4-shaft geared turbines, 4 screws, 54.1 megawatts (72,500 shp)
Speed: 33 knots
Range: 6,520 nmi at 13 knots (24 km/h)
Complement: 907
Armament:
  • 9 × 6 in (150 mm) guns (3 triple turrets)
  • 8 × 4 in (100 mm) guns (4 twin turrets)
  • 8 × 40 mm (1.6 in) Bofors AA guns (4 twin mounts)
  • 12 × 2 pounder AA guns ("pom-pom") (3 quadruple mounts)
  • 12 × 20 mm (0.79 in) AA (6 × 2) guns (6 twin mounts)
  • 6 × 21 in (530 mm) torpedo tubes (2 triple mounts)
Armour:
  • main belt: 83 mm (3.3 in)
  • deck: 51 mm (2.0 in)
  • turrets: 51 mm (2.0 in)
  • director control tower: 102 mm (4.0 in)

INS Mysore (C60) was a Fiji class cruiser commissioned in the Indian Navy in 1957. She was acquired from the Royal Navy, where she served in World War II as HMS Nigeria (60).

Mysore was the second cruiser to be purchased by independent India. She was commissioned into the Indian Navy in August 1957. The crest for Mysore depicted the mythological double-headed eagle Gandaberunda from the coat of arms of the former Mysore state. The ship's motto Na bibheti kadachana was taken from the Taittiriya Upanishad.

In 1959, Mysore rammed by the Royal Navy destroyer HMS Hogue (D74), severely damaging Hogue's bow.[2] In 1969, she collided with the destroyer INS Rana resulting in the latter being decommissioned and again in 1972 with the frigate INS Beas. INS Mysore served as a crucibile of training. On her several Indian naval officers earned their stripes as her successive commanding officers. In 1971 she served as the flagship of the Western Fleet of the Indian Navy and led the missile attack on Karachi harbour in December 1971. Later in her life from 1975 onwards Mysore served as a training cruiser for naval cadets.

Mysore was decommissioned on August 20, 1985 and scrapped.

References[edit]

  1. ^ Singh, Satyindra (1992). Blueprint to Bluewater, the Indian Navy, 1951-65. Lancer Publishers & Distributors. p. 72. ISBN 9788170621485. Retrieved 23 Aug 2014. 
  2. ^ Mason, Geoffrey B. (2004), Service History of Royal Navy warships in World War 2: HMS HOGUE (H.74) - Battle-class Destroyer, naval-history.net. Retrieved 31 August 2010.