HMIS Bengal (J243)
|Ordered:||24 September 1940|
|Builder:||Cockatoo Docks and Engineering Company|
|Laid down:||3 December 1941|
|Launched:||28 May 1942|
|Commissioned:||8 August 1942|
|Class and type:||Bathurst class corvette|
|Displacement:||650 tons (standard), 1,025 tons (full war load)|
|Length:||186 ft (57 m)|
|Beam:||31 ft (9.4 m)|
|Draught:||8.5 ft (2.6 m)|
|Propulsion:||triple expansion engine, 2 shafts, 2,000 horsepower|
|Speed:||15 knots (28 km/h; 17 mph) at 1,750 hp|
HMIS Bengal was ordered from Cockatoo Docks and Engineering Company, Australia for the Royal Indian Navy in 1940. She was commissioned into the RIN in 1942.
Operations in World War II
On 11 November 1942, Bengal was escorting the Dutch tanker Ondina to the southwest of Cocos Islands in the Indian Ocean. Two Japanese commerce raiders armed with six-inch guns attacked the Ondina. Bengal fired her single four-inch gun, Ondina fired her 102 mm and both scored hits on the Hōkoku Maru which shortly blew up and sank. The other raider, the Aikoku Maru escaped. Although both Bengal and the Ondina were damaged in the action, they reached port safely.