Allied Warships

HMIS Kalavati (4.158)

Auxiliary patrol vessel

NavyThe Royal Indian Navy
TypeAuxiliary patrol vessel
Class[No specific class] 
Built byBow McLachlan & Co. (Paisley, Scotland) 
Laid down 
Launched14 Sep 1928 
Commissioned31 Oct 1939 
End service 

Completed in November 1929 as passenger/cargo vessel.
Displacement: 1185 tons.
Dimensions: 70.3 x 11.8 feet.

Requisitioned by the RIN on 5 October 1939.
Became a store carrier in 1944.
Returned to her owner in 1945. 

Commands listed for HMIS Kalavati (4.158)

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1Lt. George Meredith Hart, RINR8 Oct 1939Oct 1940
2Lt. Ajitendu Chakraverti, RINOct 194016 Feb 1941
3E. C. Wrigley, RINR16 Feb 19412 Nov 1941
4T/Lt. Harold James Gahan, RINR2 Nov 19411 Dec 1942
5T/Lt. Santasing Gill, RINR1 Dec 194228 Dec 1943
6J C Turner, RINR28 Dec 194322 Mar 1945
7A/Lt.Cdr. Robert George Main, RINR22 Mar 19455 Apr 1945
8T/A/Lt.Cdr. Alexander Taylor, RINR5 Apr 194523 Jul 1945
9T/Lt. John Alexander Taylor Stephen, RINR23 Jul 194523 Oct 1945

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Notable events involving Kalavati include:

22 Dec 1943

Convoy CJ 9A.

This convoy departed Calcutta on 22 December 1943.

It was made up of the following LST's;
HMS LST 180 (?), HMS LST 215 (Cdr.(Retd.) G.H.F. Owles, RN), HMS LST 238 (?), USS LST 17 (Lt. H.B. Gallagher, USCGR), USS LST 21 (Cdr. T.W. Greene, USN), USS LST 25 (Lt. E.F. Macellus, USNR), USS LST 72 (Lt. J.A. Lombard, USNR), USS LST 73 (Lt. H.M. Crossan, USNR), USS LST 175 (Lt. E.J. Fitzgerald, USNR), USS LST 176 (Lt.(jg) J.A. Salt, USNR), USS LST 208 (Lt. A. Strickland, USNR) and USS LST 209 (Lt. F.T. Ratchford, USNR).

On departure from Calcutta the convoy was escorted by the minelayer HrMs Willem van der Zaan (Lt.Cdr. G.P. K├╝ller, RNN) and the auxiliary patrol vessel HMIS Kalavati (T/Lt. S. Gill, RINR).

Around 0730FG/25, the convoy escort was reinforced when the destroyer HMAS Quiberon (Cdr. G.S. Stewart, RAN) joined.

The destroyer HMS Quality (Lt.Cdr. G.L. Farnfield, DSO, RN), which had been in company with HMAS Quiberon proceeded to Madras with HMS LST 180 and HMS LST 238 arriving there later on the 25th.

The convoy arrived at Colombo on 27 December 1943. (1)


  1. Report of proceedings of HMAS Quiberon for December 1943 + War diary of USS LST 21 for December 1943

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