HMIS Bombay (J249)
HMIS Bombay in Sydney Harbour in 1942
|Namesake:||City of Bombay (Mumbai), India|
|Builder:||Mort's Dock and Engineering Co Ltd, Sydney|
|Laid down:||19 July 1941|
|Launched:||6 December 1941|
|Commissioned:||24 April 1942|
|Fate:||Broken up for scrap|
|Class and type:||Bathurst class corvette|
|Length:||189 ft (58 m)|
|Beam:||32 ft (9.8 m)|
|Draught:||8.5 ft (2.6 m)|
|Propulsion:||Triple expansion, 2 shafts|
|Speed:||15.5 knots (28.7 km/h)|
|Armament:||Standard class armament: 1 × 4-inch gun, 3 × 20 mm Oerlikons, machine guns, depth charge chutes and throwers|
HMIS Bombay (J249), later INS Bombay, named for the city of Bombay (now Mumbai) in India, was one of 60 Bathurst class corvettes constructed during World War II and one of four operated by the Royal Indian Navy.
World War II
HMIS Bombay was based in Sydney from the time of commissioning until September 1942. As such, she was present in Sydney Harbour during the Japanese midget submarine operation on 31 May – 1 June 1942. In September 1942 Bombay left Sydney for Colombo. While based at ports in British India, Bombay was responsible for escorting convoys between India and the Persian Gulf. In April 1945 Bombay operated in support of Operation Dracula.
HMIS Bombay is recognised as the fifteenth ship (and ninth warship) in Indian maritime history to bear the name Bombay. INS Mumbai is considered to be Bombay's successor, following the name-change of India's largest city.
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