Allied Warships

HMIS Ramdas (4.111)

Auxiliary patrol vessel

NavyThe Royal Indian Navy
TypeAuxiliary patrol vessel
Class[No specific class] 
Built bySwan Hunter and Wigham Richardson Ltd. (Wallsend-on-Tyne, U.K.) 
Laid down 
Launched9 Jan 1936 
Commissioned29 Sep 1939 
End service 

Completed in February 1936 as passenger/cargo vessel.
Displacement: 406 tons.
Dimensions: 52.1 x 8.9 feet.

Requisitioned by the RIN on 31 August 1939.
Returned to her owner in June 1946. 

Commands listed for HMIS Ramdas (4.111)

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1Lt.Cdr. Martin Henry St.Leger Nott, OBE, RIN15 Sep 193913 Apr 1940
2Lt.Cdr. St. John Aylmer Duff Garniss, RIN13 Apr 194011 Oct 1941
3Lt. George Meredith Hart, RINR11 Oct 19411 Dec 1942
4T/Lt. James Edward Johnson, RINR1 Dec 194210 Apr 1944
5H D Baker, RINVR10 Apr 1944

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Notable events involving Ramdas include:

26 Feb 1942
HMS Dorsetshire (Capt. A.W.S. Agar, VC, DSO, RN) departed Trincomalee to join convoy MR 5 at sea which she did around 0830F/27 (zone -6).

This convoy had departed Madras, India the same day for Rangoon, Burma and was made up of the British merchants Erinpura (5143 GRT, built 1911), Ethiopia (5574 GRT, built 1922), Karoa (7009 GRT, built 1915) and Varsova (4701 GRT, built 1914). They were escorted by HMIS Ramdas (Lt. G.M. Hart, RINR) and HMIS Travancore (T/Lt. A. Taylor, RINR). These escorts returned when HMS Dorsetshire took over the escort from position 12°40'N, 82°30'E. (1)


  1. ADM 53/115815

ADM numbers indicate documents at the British National Archives at Kew, London.

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