HMIS GODAVARI launched at Southampton by Mrs Lall, the wife of the Deputy High Commissioner for India
|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|
|Class and type:||Black Swan-class sloop|
|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)|
On 29 August 1940, the Indian Government placed an order for two sloops, HMIS Godavari and HMIS Narbada with John I. Thornycroft & Company. Godavari was laid down as Yard number 1386 at Thonycroft's Woolston, Southampton shipyard on 31 October 1940, launched on 21 January 1943 and completed on 28 June 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, however 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:
- Hague 1993, pp. 6, 71
- Hague 1993, p. 71
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- Hague, Arnold (1993). Sloops: A History of the 71 Sloops Built in Britain and Australia for the British, Australian and Indian Navies 1926–1946. Kendal, England: World Ship Society. ISBN 0-905617-67-3.
- Media related to HMIS Godaveri at Wikimedia Commons