HMIS Bombay (J249)

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For other ships with the same name, see HMS Bombay.
HMIS Bombay in Sydney Harbour in 1942
HMIS Bombay in Sydney Harbour in 1942
Name: Bombay
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
Decommissioned: 1960
Fate: Broken up for scrap
General characteristics
Class and type: Bathurst class corvette
Displacement: 733 tons[1]
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)
Complement: 85
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.[2]


Bombay was laid down by Morts Dock & Engineering Co in Sydney, Australia on 19 July 1941.[2] She was launched on 6 December 1941, and commissioned on 24 April 1942.[2]

World War II[edit]

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.[3] In September 1942 Bombay left Sydney for Colombo.[2] While based at ports in British India, Bombay was responsible for escorting convoys between India and the Persian Gulf.[1] In April 1945 Bombay operated in support of Operation Dracula.[1]


After India became a republic on 26 January 1950, the vessel was renamed as the Indian Navy's INS Bombay.[1]

Bombay was decommissioned in 1960.[2] She was sold for scrap in 1961, and broken up in 1962.[1]

HMIS Bombay is recognised as the fifteenth ship (and ninth warship) in Indian maritime history to bear the name Bombay.[1] INS Mumbai is considered to be Bombay's successor, following the name-change of India's largest city.[1]


  1. ^ a b c d e f g Chandni
  2. ^ Jenkins (1992). pp. 193–194