HMS Nadder (K392)
|Builder:||Smiths Dock Company, South Bank-on-Tees|
|Laid down:||11 March 1943|
|Launched:||15 September 1943|
|Commissioned:||20 January 1944|
|Out of service:||Transferred to the Royal Indian Navy in 1945|
|Out of service:||Transferred to the Pakistani Navy in 1947|
|Fate:||Sold for breaking up on 2 March 1959|
|Class and type:||River-class frigate|
|Beam:||36 ft 6 in (11.1 m)|
|Draught:||9 ft (2.7 m); 13 ft (4.0 m) (deep load)|
|Range:||646 long tons (656 t; 724 short tons) oil fuel; 7,500 nautical miles (13,890 km) at 15 knots (27.8 km/h)|
HMS Nadder was built by Smiths Dock Co., Ltd., South Bank-on-Tees in 1943. Nadder was powered by two Admiralty 3-drum type boilers providing a top speed of 20 knots and carried a complement of 118. She was armed with two 4 inch dual-purpose guns and eight 20 mm anti-aircraft guns. She also carried one Anti-Submarine Projector, known as a Hedgehog, and two slides to launch depth charges.
She was commanded by T/Lt. Philip Edward Kitto from 15 October 1943 until October 1945.
On 10 April 1944 Nadder joined as an escort to Convoy UGS 37 through the straits of Gibraltar. The convoy came under heavy dive bomber and torpedo attack. One ship was damaged during the encounter. But the escorts did keep German submarines U-421, U-471 and U-969 at bay.
On 12 August 1944 Nadder took part in the sinking of U-198  near the Seychelles, in position . On 10 September 1944 Nadder rescued survivors from a U-boat attack on the British merchant SS Troilus. Carrying coconut oil, tea and copra for the Ministry of Food, Troilus was homeward bound from Colombo. She was sailing independently via Suez but was torpedoed and sunk by U-859 300 miles north east of Socotra Island on 1 September 1944. HMS Taff and Nadder were sent to search for survivors. On 10 September they rescued 95 survivors of the attack and landed them at Aden 10 days later.
On 7 August 1945 Nadder was involved in an OSS operation off the west coast of Sumatra. The National Archives have an admiralty document reference ADM 1/30567 mentioning awards to three of Nadder's ratings of Nadder for services during search for a missing OSS team on the west coast of Sumatra 7–11 August 1945 (Operation CAPRICE V). Temporary Acting Lieutenant-Commander Kitto is mentioned in despatches along with Engine Room Artificer Third Class Quintrell and Petty Officer Eustis "for bravery, skill and determination whilst serving in Nadder, in successfully beating off an enemy air attack on l0 August 1945, whilst engaged in a special operation many hundreds of miles from any supporting force".
In 1945, Naddar was transferred into Royal Indian Navy and renamed HMIS Shamsher. In February 1946, the Indian Navy mutinied. Shamsher was the only ship in Bombay not to mutiny. Shamsher was underway at sea during the mutiny, however, her commanding officer, Lt. N Krishnan, submitted testimony to the Commission of Inquiry stating that the fact that the ship's officers were primarily of Indian origin, unlike many ships of the RIN, may also have been a reason for the ratings not joining the mutiny. From there she passed to the Pakistani Navy in 1947 being used as a training ship. She was eventually sold for breaking up on 2 March 1959.
- http://indiannavy.nic.in/book/under-two-ensigns Under Two Ensigns
- RIN Mutiny Papers - National Archives of India 'RIN Mutiny Papers' Sr. No. 13 - Memos of witnesses submitted to the commission
- Raymond V B Blackman (ed.). Jane's Fighting Ships 1963-4,. London: Sampson Low, Marston & Co. Ltd,. p. 19.
- Colledge, J. J.; Warlow, Ben (2006) . Ships of the Royal Navy: The Complete Record of all Fighting Ships of the Royal Navy (Rev. ed.). London: Chatham Publishing. ISBN 978-1-86176-281-8. OCLC 67375475.