HMIS Godaveri (U53)
HMIS GODAVARI launched at Southampton by Mrs Lall, the wife of the Deputy High Commissioner for India
|Royal Indian Navy|
|Ordered:||29 August 1940|
|Yard number:||Yard 1386|
|Laid down:||30 August 1941|
|Launched:||21 March 1943|
|Commissioned:||28 June 1943|
|Out of service:||1948|
|Fate:||Transferred to Pakistan|
|Badge:||Map of India and the Indian Ocean with a border of lotus; sea Blue, British territory Gold and Lotus proper|
|Length:||299 ft 6 in (91.29 m)|
|Draught:||11 ft (3.4 m)|
|Range:||7,500 nmi (13,900 km) at 12 kn (22 km/h)|
HMIS Godavari was built by John I. Thornycroft & Company and commissioned in 1943. Following commissioning she was sent to Scapa Flow for trials and working up. She was deployed in home waters for convoy defence on the UK-Gibraltar route. On 22 December 1943 she was involved in a collision with the SS Manchester Progress and was sent for repair in Londonderry.
On completion of repairs in February 1944 Godavari was nominated for transfer to the Eastern Fleet and convoy defence in the Indian Ocean, where she arrived in April 1944.
On 12 August the German submarine U-198 was sunk near the Seychelles, in position 03º35'S, 52º49'E, by depth charges from the British frigate HMS Findhorn (under the command of Lt.Cdr. J.C. Dawson, RD, RNR) and Godavari (under the command of A/Cdr. A.B. Goord, RIN).
Between January and March 1945 she was nominated for support of military operations in Burma. In August she was also nominated for support of the allied landings in Japan as part of Operation Zipper, howebere this operation was cancelled following the dropping of the atomic bombs and Japan's subsequent surrender.
Her commanding officers in the Royal Indian Navy were:
- From 22 Jun 1943 to 10 May 1944: A/Capt. James Wilfred Jefford OBE, RIN
- From 10 May 1944 to 10 Feb 1945: A/Cdr. Anthony Brian Goord, RIN
- From 10 Feb 1945 to 1948: A/Lt.Cdr. Hajee Mohammed Siddiq Choudry, RIN
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