Allied Warships

HMIS Orissa (J 200)

Minesweeper of the Bangor class

NavyThe Royal Indian Navy
PennantJ 200 
ModReciprocating engined 
Built byLobnitz & Co. Ltd. (Renfrew, Scotland) 
Ordered24 Aug 1940 
Laid down15 May 1941 
Launched20 Nov 1941 
Commissioned14 Mar 1942 
End service 
HistoryScrapped in 1949.

Former nameHMS Clydebank

Commands listed for HMIS Orissa (J 200)

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1Lt. David Whyte, RIN<14 Mar 421 Dec 1942
2Lt. Albert Vernon Baker, RIN1 Dec 194229 Mar 1943
3T/A/Lt.Cdr. Belford Bruce Simpson, RINR29 Mar 194311 Aug 1943
4T/Lt. George Alfred Foster, RINR11 Aug 19437 Apr 1944
5T/Lt. Chandhri Shahabuddin Ahmad, RINR7 Apr 194424 Sep 1944
6T/Lt. George Saldanha, RINR24 Sep 194425 Dec 1945

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Notable events involving Orissa include:

11 Apr 1942
HMS P 511 (Lt. D.E.O. Watson, DSC, RN) conducted A/S exercises off Tobermory with HMS Dunbar (T/Lt. R.A. Vallings, DSC, RNR), HMS Asie (Skr. F.C. Butler, RNR), HMS Llandudno (A/Cdr. R. Frederick, RN) and HMIS Orissa (Lt. D. Whyte, RIN). (1)

12 Apr 1942
HMS P 511 (Lt. D.E.O. Watson, DSC, RN) conducted A/S exercises off Tobermory with HMS Llandudno (A/Cdr. R. Frederick, RN), HMIS Orissa (Lt. D. Whyte, RIN), HMS Foula (T/Lt.Cdr. E.R.O.C. Greenstreet, RNVR) and HMS Stroma (Skr. J.S. Harper, RNR). (1)

11 Jun 1942
HMIS Orissa (Lt. D. Whyte, RIN) picks up 20 survivors from the British tanker Geo H. Jones that was torpedoed and sunk by German U-boat U-455 north-north-east of the Azores in position 45°40'N, 22°40'W.

22 Feb 1944
The Australian minesweeper HMAS Tamworth and the Indian minesweeper HMIS Orissa both pick up survivors from the American tanker E.G. Seubert that was torpedoed and sunk by German U-boat U-510 about 200 nautical miles east of Aden in position 13°50'N, 48°49'E.

4 Sep 1944
HrMs K XI (Lt.Cdr. P.G. de Back, RNN) departed Colombo for Bombay. She is escorted by the Indian minesweeper HMIS Orissa (T/Lt. C.S. Ahmad, RINR). (2)


  1. ADM 173/17493
  2. File (Dutch Archives, The Hague, Netherlands)

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

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