List of ships of the Indian Navy

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This is a list of ships of the Indian Navy. It covers both the pre-independence Royal Indian Navy[1] and the post-independence Indian Navy. This article is incomplete, editors are welcome to contribute to expanding this list.

Current ships[edit]

Historical ships[edit]

Note: Prior to the abolition of the monarchy in 1950 ships carried the prefix HMIS, standing for His/Her Majesty's Indian Ship. After the beginning of the republic in 1950, the prefix became INS.

Aircraft carriers[edit]

Ship Pennant Class Commissioned Decommissioned Fate Notes
Aircraft Carriers
INS Vikrant R11 Majestic class 4 March 1961 31 January 1997 Converted to IMS-Indian Museum Ship briefly but subsequently scrapped in 2014. formerly HMS Hercules Although never commissioned into the Royal Navy.

Submarines[edit]

Boat Pennant Class Commissioned Decommissioned Fate Notes
Nuclear Submarines
INS Chakra S71 Charlie class 1 September 1987 Returned to Soviet Union in January 1991 Scrapped in Russia. leased from the Soviet Union.
Conventional Submarines
INS Khanderi S22 Kalvari class 6 December 1968 18 October 1989 scrapped but sail fin on display
INS Kalvari S23 Kalvari class 8 December 1967 31 May 1996 scrapped but sail fin on display
INS Kursura S20 Kalvari class 18 December 1969 27 February 2001 Converted to Museum Ship at Ramakrishna Mission Beach, Visakhapatnam.
INS Karanj S21 Kalvari class 4 September 1969 1 August 2003
INS Vagsheer S43 Vela class 26 December 1974 30 April 1997
INS Vagir S41 Vela class 3 November 1973 7 June 2001
INS Vela S40 Vela class 31 August 1973 25 June 2010
INS Vagli S42 Vela class 10 August 1974 9 December 2010 To be preserved as a museum in Tamil Nadu.[2]

Cruisers[edit]

Ship Pennant Class Commissioned Decommissioned Fate Notes
Cruisers
INS Delhi
Originally commissioned as HMIS Delhi
C74 Leander class 5 July 1948 30 June 1978 Scrapped Purchased from the U.K. Formerly HMS Achilles of the Battle of the River Plate fame. Turrets on Display at Devonport Naval Base, Auckland, New Zealand, and at Indian Military Academy, Dehradun, India.
INS Mysore C60 Fiji class 29 August 1957 20 August 1985 Scrapped Purchased from the U.K. Formerly HMS Nigeria.

Destroyers[edit]

Ship Pennant Class Commissioned Decommissioned Fate Notes
Destroyers
INS Rajput D141 R class 28 July 1949 30 June 1973 scrapped
INS Ranjit R class 4 July 1949 30 September 1975 scrapped
INS Rana D115 R class 9 September 1949 30 September 1971 scrapped
INS Godavari D92 Hunt class 27 April 1953 1976 scrapped leased and then purchased from the Royal Navy. Formerly HMS Bedale. Was operated by polish navy during WWII as ORP Ślązak (L26).
INS Gomati D93 Hunt class 24 April 1953 1975 scrapped leased and then purchased from the Royal Navy. Formerly HMS Lamerton (L88).
INS Ganga D94 Hunt class 18 June 1953 1975 scrapped leased and then purchased from the Royal Navy. Formerly HMS Chiddingfold (L31).

Frigates[edit]

Ship Pennant Class Commissioned Decommissioned Fate Notes
Frigates
HMIS Tamar K262 River class 1946 Dec 1946 Constructive Total Loss after running aground off Hainan Island was previously HMS Aire prior to Indian service.
HMIS Neza K239 River class 1946 1947 Returned to the Royal Navy in April 1947
HMIS Shamsher K392 River class 1945 1947 Transferred to Pakistan and served as PNS Shamsher. Served as HMS Nadder in the Royal Navy before transfer to India.
HMIS Dhanush K265 River class 1945 1948 Transferred to Pakistan and served as PNS Dhanush. Served as HMS Deveron in the Royal Navy before transfer to India.
HMIS Kukri
renamed INS Kukri post republic.
K243 River class 1946 1951 Converted to survey vessel post republic. Recommissioned as INS Investigator [3] Served as HMS Trent in the Royal Navy before being transferred to India.
HMIS Bengal
renamed INS Bengal post republic.
K419 River class Purchased 1948 unknown scrapped Served as HMCS Kokanee for the Royal Canadian Navy during World War II. Converted to a pilot vessel in Indian service.
HMIS Hooghly
renamed INS Hooghly post republic.
K330 River class Purchased 1948 unknown scrapped Served as HMCS Waskesiu for the Royal Canadian Navy during World War II.
INS Khukri F149 Blackwood Class 16 July 1958 Sunk in action on 9 December 1971 during Indo-Pakistani War of 1971.
HMIS Tir
renamed INS Tir post republic.
K256 River class 3 December 1945 30 September 1977 scrapped Served as HMS Bann in the Royal Navy during World War II. Served as training ship in the Indian Navy.
INS Kirpan F144 Blackwood Class July 1959 1978 Transferred to Coast Guard Service 1978.
INS Kuthar F146 Blackwood Class November 1959 1978 Transferred to Coast Guard Service 1978.
INS Talwar F140 Whitby class 26 April 1959 Broken up for scrap 1992
INS Trishul F143 Whitby class 13 January 1960 Broken up for scrap 1996
INS Brahmaputra F31 Leopard class 31 March 1958 Ordered HMS Panther, but transferred to India. Broken Up 1986
INS Beas F37 Leopard class 24 May 1960 Broken Up 1992
INS Betwa F39 Leopard class 8 December 1960 Broken Up 1988
INS Nilgiri F33 Nilgiri class 23 June 1972 1996 Sunk on 24 April 1997, by a Sea Eagle AShM fired from a Sea Harrier Frs Mk.51 of the Indian Navy.
INS Himgiri F34 Nilgiri class 23 November 1974 6 May 2005
INS Udaygiri F35 Nilgiri class 18 February 1976 24 August 2007
INS Dunagiri F36 Nilgiri class 5 May 1977 20 October 2010
INS Vindhyagiri F42 Nilgiri class 8 July 1981 14 Jun 2012 Suffered a collision with a merchant ship at Mumbai harbour on 30 January 2011 and sank after a fire on board. No casualties. re-floated and decommissioned with full honours in 2012.
INS Krishna F46 Leander class 22 August 1995 24 May 2012 Purchased as a cadet training ship from the Royal Navy. Was previously HMS Andromeda .
INS Taragiri F41 Nilgiri class 16 May 1980 27 June 2013
Sloops (later reclassified as frigates)
HMIS Elphinstone Anchusa class May 1922 wrecked on Nicobar Islands 29 January 1925.
HMIS Baluchi PC.55 P Class May 1922 1935 Sold for scrapping
HMIS Pathan PC.69
K26
P Class 5 August 1921 sunk by Italian submarine Galvani on 23 June 1940.[4][5][6][7]
HMIS Indus U67 Grimsby class 15 March 1935 Sunk by Japanese aircraft during Burma Campaign, 6 April 1942
HMIS Cornwallis L09
U09 (1940)
Aubretia Class 1921 1946 scrapped
HMIS Lawrence L83
U83 (1940)
Unique Patrol Sloop 27 December 1919 1947 scrapped
HMIS Clive L79
U79 (1940)
Unique Patrol Sloop 20 April 1920 1947 scrapped
HMIS Narbada U40 Black Swan class 29 April 1943 1948 Transferred to Pakistan post-partition and served as PNS Jhelum
HMIS Godaveri U53 Black Swan class 28 June 1943 1948 Transferred to Pakistan post-partition and served as PNS Sind. Sunk the German submarine U-198 while in Indian service during WWII.
HMIS Hindustan L80 Hastings class 10 October 1930 1948 Transferred to Pakistan post-partition and served as Karsaz till 1960. Was involved in the Royal Indian Navy mutiny.
HMIS Cauvery
renamed INS Kaveri post republic.
U10 Black Swan class 26 August 1943 1977 scrapped
HMIS Sutlej
renamed INS Sutlej post republic.
U95 Black Swan class 23 April 1941 1978 scrapped
HMIS Jumna
renamed INS Jamuna post republic.
U21 Black Swan class 13 May 1941 unknown scrapped Helped sink the Japanese submarine Ro-110 in 1944 while in Indian service.
HMIS Kistna
renamed INS Krisna post republic.
U46 Black Swan class 26 August 1943 1981 scrapped

Corvette[edit]

Ship Pennant Class Commissioned Decommissioned Fate Notes
Corvettes
HMIS Gondwana K348 Flower class 15 May 1945 1946 returned to Royal Navy and sold to the Thai Navy as HTMS Bangpakong
HMIS Sind K274 Flower class 24 August 1945 1946 returned to Royal Navy and sold to the Thai Navy as HTMS Prasae
HMIS Mahratta K395 Flower class 1946 Constructive total loss after running aground in 1947.
HMIS Assam K306 Flower class 19 February 1945 1947 returned to Royal Navy and scrapped
HMIS Punjab J239 Bathurst class 20 March 1942 1949 Transferred to Pakistan post-partition
HMIS Bombay
renamed INS Bombay post republic.
J249 Bathurst class 24 April 1942 1960 scrapped Was involved in defense during the Attack on Sydney Harbour
HMIS Bengal
renamed INS Bengal post republic.
J243 Bathurst class 8 August 1942 1960 scrapped Sunk the Imperial Japanese Navy commerce raider Hōkoku-Maru in 1942 while in Indian service.
HMIS Madras
renamed INS Madras post republic.
J237 Bathurst class 12 May 1942 1960 scrapped
INS Arnala P68 Arnala class 29 June 1972 9 April 1999
INS Androth P69 Arnala class 30 June 1972 9 April 1999
INS Anjadip P73 Arnala class 23 December 1972 13 December 2003
INS Andaman P74 Arnala class 28 December 1973 Lost in a storm 22 August 1990
INS Amini P75 Arnala class 12 December 1974 16 September 2002
INS Kamorta P77 Arnala class 21 November 1968 31 October 1991
INS Kadmatt P78 Arnala class 23 December 1968 30 November 1992
INS Kiltan P79 Arnala class 30 October 1969 30 June 1987 Participated in Operation Trident (1971).
INS Kavaratti P80 Arnala class 23 December 1969 31 July 1986 Participated in Operation Trident (1971).
INS Katchall P81 Arnala class 23 December 1969 31 December 1988
INS Amindivi P83 Arnala class 1986-88
INS Hosdurg K73 Durg class 15 January 1978 5 June 1999 Sunk in a Sea Eagle AShM test in June 2000.
INS Vijaydurg K71 Durg class 25 December 1976 30 September 2002
INS Sindhudurg K72 Durg class 29 May 1977 24 September 2004
INS Prahar K98 Veer Class 1 March 1997 Sunk in collision on 22 April 2006
Anti-Submarine Naval Trawler
HMIS Agra T254 Basset class
HMIS Ahmedabad T264 Basset class
HMIS Amritsar T261 Basset class
HMIS Baroda T249 Basset class 1948 Transferred to Pakistan
HMIS Berar T256 Basset class
HMIS Calcutta T339 Basset class
HMIS Cochin T315 Basset class
HMIS Cuttack T251 Basset class
HMIS Karachi T262 Basset class
HMIS Lahore T253 Basset class
HMIS Lucknow T267 Basset class
HMIS Madura T268 Basset class
HMIS Multan T322 Basset class
HMIS Nagpur T269 Basset class
HMIS Nasik T258 Basset class
HMIS Patna T255 Basset class
HMIS Peshawar T263 Basset class
HMIS Poona T260 Basset class
HMIS Quetta T332 Basset class
HMIS Rampur T212 Basset class 1948 Transferred to Pakistan
HMIS Shillong T250 Basset class
HMIS Travancore T312 Basset class

Minesweepers[edit]

Ship Pennant Class Commissioned Decommissioned Fate Notes
Ocean Going Minesweeper
HMIS Oostcapelle [8] unique ship before 1939 before 1947
HMIS Irawadi [8] unique ship before 1939 before 1947
HMIS Kathiawar J155 Bangor Class 23 December 1942 1948 Transferred to Pakistan as PNS Chittagong.
HMIS Baluchistan J182 Bangor Class 28 October 1942 1948 Transferred to Pakistan as PNS Baluchistan.
HMIS Oudh J245 Bangor Class 21 October 1943 1948 Transferred to Pakistan as PNS Dacca.
HMIS Malwa J55 Bangor Class 1945 1948 Transferred to Pakistan as PNS Peshawar.
HMIS Deccan J129 Bangor Class 30 March 1945 1948 Sold in 1949 as the mercantile Kennery.
HMIS Orissa J200 Bangor Class 14 March 1942 1949 Scrapped
HMIS Khyber J190 Bangor Class 12 August 1942 1949 Scrapped
HMIS Carnatic J199 Bangor Class 27 October 1942 1949 Scrapped
HMIS Kumaon J164 Bangor Class 30 November 1942 1949 Scrapped
HMIS Bihar J247 Bangor Class 27 February 1944 1949 Scrapped
HMIS Rajputana J197 Bangor Class 30 April 1942 1961 Scrapped
HMIS Konkan J228 Bangor Class 12 June 1942 1963 Scrapped
HMIS Rohilkhand J180 Bangor Class 5 February 1943 1963 Scrapped
INS Pondicherry M61 Pondicherry class 2 February 1978 5 October 2007
INS Porbandar M62 Pondicherry class 19 December 1978 2007
INS Bedi M63 Pondicherry class 27 April 1979 2009
INS Bhavnagar M64 Pondicherry class 27 April 1979 2009
INS Ratnagiri M66 Pondicherry class 10 June 1980 2012
Coastal Minesweeper
INS Cuddalore M90 Ton class 1956 ex-Royal Navy HMS Wennington
INS Cannanore M91 Ton class 1956 ex-Royal Navy HMS Whittton
INS Karwar M92 Ton class 1956 ex-Royal Navy HMS Overton
INS Kakinada M93 Ton class 1956 ex-Royal Navy HMS Durweston
INS Mulki M87 Mahé Class 10 May 1984 Unknown
INS Magdala M88 Mahé Class 10 May 1984 February 2002
INS Malvan M84 Mahé Class 16 May 1983 05 Jan 2003
INS Mangrol M85 Mahé Class 16 May 1983 07 Apr 2004
INS Mahé M83 Mahé Class 16 May 1983 15 May 2006
INS Malpe M86 Mahé Class 10 May 1984 04 Dec 2006

Fast Attack Craft[edit]

Ship Pennant Class Commissioned Decommissioned Fate Notes
Missile Boat
INS Veer K82 Vidyut Class 2 April 1971 31 December 1982 Sunk the PNS Muhafiz during Operation Trident (1971).
INS Nirbhik K88 Vidyut Class 20 February 1971 31 December 1986
INS Nipat K86 Vidyut Class 26 April 1971 29 February 1988 Destroyed the ammunition ship MV Venus Challenger, and the destroyer PNS Shah Jahan (DD-962) and the Karachi oil tanks during Operation Trident (1971).
INS Nirghat K89 Vidyut Class 29 January 1971 31 July 1989 Sunk the PNS Khaibar during Operation Trident (1971).
INS Vinash K85 Vidyut Class 20 January 1971 15 January 1990 Sunk the merchant MV Gulf Star, MV SS Harmatttan, and badly damaged the Pakistani Fleet Tanker PNS Dacca, which was later scrapped, and the during Operation Python in 1971.
INS Nashak K87 Vidyut Class 19 March 1971 31 December 1990
INS Vidyut K83 Vidyut Class 16 February 1971 31 March 1991
INS Vijeta K84 Vidyut Class 27 March 1971 30 June 1992
INS Pratap K92 Chamak Class 17 February 1976 17 May 1996
INS Charag K97 Chamak Class 17 October 1977 17 May 1996
INS Prachand K90 Chamak Class 17 February 1976 29 December 1999
INS Prabal K93 Chamak Class 17 February 1976 29 December 1999
INS Pralaya K91 Chamak Class 17 February 1976 8 June 2001
INS Chapal K94 Chamak Class 4 November 1976 5 May 2005 Preserved at Karwar, Karnataka
INS Chamak K95 Chamak Class 4 November 1976 5 May 2005
INS Chatak K96 Chamak Class 9 February 1977 5 May 2005

Amphibious Warfare Ships[edit]

Ship Pennant Class Commissioned Decommissioned Fate Notes
Landing Ship Infantry
HMIS El Hind merchant requisitioned as Landing ship, infantry 1943 14 April 1944 destroyed in Bombay Explosion (1944)
Landing Ship Infantry
INS Shardul L16 Kumbhir class 24 December 1975 June 1997
INS Kesari L15 Kumbhir class 15 August 1975 8 May 1999
INS Ghorpad L14 Kumbhir class 21 December 1974 11 January 2008
INS Sharabh L17 Kumbhir class 27 January 1976 15 July 2011
Landing Craft Tank (re-designated Landing Craft Utility)
INS LCU 31[9][10] L31 LCU Mk.3 1980 1999
INS LCU 32[9][10] L32 LCU Mk.3 1980 2002
INS LCU 34[9][10] L34 LCU Mk.3 28 January 1980 2002

Auxilaries[edit]

Ship Pennant Class Commissioned Decommissioned Fate Notes
Tanker
HMIS Chilka
Renamed INS Chilka post republic.
Unique ship 1948 1976 scrapped in 1977
INS Shakti 29 January 1954 31 December 1967 Vintage WWII tanker purchased from U.K.
INS Deepak A50 Deepak class 20 November 1967 30 April 1996
INS Shakti A57 Deepak class 31 December 1975 21 July 2007
Submarine Tender
Amba A54 Modified Ugra class 28 December 1968 July 2006 scrapped
Survey Ships
HMIS Investigator [3] Unique ship 1932 1951
INS Investigator [3] Modified River class 1951 30 September 1974 scrapped formerly HMS Trent purchased in 1946 and renamed HMIS Kukri. Modified and converted to Survey Ship in 1950.
INS Darshak Unique ship 1964 1990
INS Makar J31 Makar Class [11][12] 31 January 1984 4 April 2005
INS Mithun J32 Makar Class 31 March 1984 31 March 2007
INS Meen J33 Makar Class 23 June 1984 24 April 2005 expended as a target for Brahmos test.[13]
INS Mesh J34 Makar Class 31 October 1984 1 February 1999
INS Nirdeshak J19 Sandhayak-class survey ships 4 October 1983 19 December 2014 [14]
  • HMIS PARVATI [15][16]
  • HMIS Netravati
  • HMIS Dalhousie (barracks ship) [17]

Patrol Ships[edit]

Ship Pennant Class Commissioned Decommissioned Fate Notes
Offshore Patrol Vessel
HMIS RAMDAS[5] requsitioned armed merchant ship [18] 1940 1945 returned to merchant service.
HMIS Jamnagar[8] requisitioned armed merchant ship 1940 1947 sold and became M/V Hellenic Bulbul.
HMIS Ratnagiri[8] requisitioned armed merchant ship 1940
HMIS Hiravati[8] requisitioned armed merchant ship 1940
HMIS Prabhavati[8] requisitioned armed merchant ship 1940
HMIS Dipavati [19] auxiliary patrol vessel
HMIS Sonvati[20] auxiliary patrol vessel
INS Sarayu P54 Sukanya class 8 October 1991 2000 Sold to Sri Lanka in 2000 and in service as SLNS Sayura as the flagship of Sri Lanka Navy.
Patrol Vessel
INS Tarmugli T64 Trinkat class 4 March 2002 23 February 2005 Transferred to Seychelles Coast Guard, as SCG PS Topaz
INS Seaward T54 Seaward defense boat September 1982 20 Jan 2006 Sunk to be made into an artificial reef
INS Tillanchang T62 Trinkat class 17 March 2001 16 April 2006 Transferred to Maldivian Coast Guard, as CGS Huravee
INS Seawaves T57 Seaward defense boat 24 Aug 2006
INS Seawater T55 Seaward defense boat 2008-2009
INS Seawind T56 Seaward defense boat 2008-2009
INS Seasand T59 Seaward defense boat 07 Sept 2009
INS Searock T60 Seaward defense boat 07 Sept 2009
INS Seastorm T58 Seaward defense boat 20 Jul 2010

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "genesis". Official Indian Navy Cite. Retrieved 29 October 2011. 
  2. ^ "Sea Dredging Mooted to Take Sub to Mamallapuram Shores". The New Indian Express. 6 August 2014. Retrieved 23 August 2014. 
  3. ^ a b c "The Naval Hydrographic Department , CHAPTER 24". THE NAVAL HYDROGRAPHIC DEPARTMENT , Indian Navy. 
  4. ^ Rohwer & Hummelchen, p.23
  5. ^ a b Collins, D.J.E. (1964). The Royal Indian Navy, 1939-1945, Official History of the Indian Armed Forces In the Second World War. Combined Inter-Services Historical Section (India & Pakistan). 
  6. ^ "House of commons debate - Indian, Burman, and Colonial War Effort.". House of Commons of the United Kingdom. 20 Nov 1940. 
  7. ^ "Fighting the U-boats = Indian Naval forces". Uboat.net. 
  8. ^ a b c d e f In the Wake, E C Streatfeild-James
  9. ^ a b c "Surface Ships - Landing Craft Utility". [1]. Indian Navy. Retrieved 13 July 2014. 
  10. ^ a b c "Mark 3 Landing Craft". Bharat Rakshak. Retrieved 13 July 2014. 
  11. ^ "Makar Class". Bharat Rakshak. 
  12. ^ "J33 Makar Class". Global Security. 
  13. ^ http://www.brahmos.com/newscenter.php?newsid=123
  14. ^ "Survey Ship Decommissioned". 
  15. ^ http://www.ibiblio.org/hyperwar/UN/India/RIN/RIN-4.html
  16. ^ Blueprint to Bluewater, the Indian Navy, 1951-65, P27, Satyindra Singh
  17. ^ http://www.worldnavalships.com/directory/shipinfo.php?ShipID=3781
  18. ^ "[Goanet] SS Ramdas". 2 Aug 2006. 
  19. ^ "Royal Indian Naval Reserve (RINR) Officers 1939-1945". 
  20. ^ "ADMIRALTY WAR DIARIES of WORLD WAR 2 EAST INDIES FLEET - January to March 1942.". Admiralty. 

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