HMIS Punjab (J239)

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Name: Punjab
Ordered: 24 January 1941
Builder: Mort's Dock
Laid down: 26 May 1941
Launched: 10 October 1941
Commissioned: 20 March 1942
Out of service: 1949
Fate: Scrapped
General characteristics
Class and type: Bathurst-class minesweeper
Displacement: 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, 2 shafts. 2,000 hp
Speed: 15 knots (28 km/h; 17 mph)
Complement: 85
Sensors and
processing systems:
Type 128 asdic
Armament: 1 × 12-pounder gun or 1 × 4 inchgun, 1 × 40 mm Bofors gun, 2-3 × 20 mm Oerlikon guns, up to 40 depth charges

HMIS Punjab (J239) was a Bathurst class minesweeper which served in the Royal Indian Navy (RIN) during World War II.[1]


HMIS Punjab was ordered in 1941, and built by Mort's Dock. She was commissioned in 1942, into the Eastern Fleet. She escorted a number of convoys until the end of the war.[2][3][4][5]

In July 1945, in support of the planned Allied amphibious landings in Malaya, Punjab with other RIN and Royal Navy vessels conducted minesweeping operations off Phuket.[6]

After the independence of India and the subsequent partition, she was among the vessels transferred to Pakistan.