HMIS Godavari (U 52)
Sloop of the Black Swan class
|Navy||The Royal Indian Navy|
|Built by||Thornycroft (Southampton, U.K.)|
|Ordered||29 Aug 1940|
|Laid down||30 Oct 1941|
|Launched||21 Mar 1943|
|Commissioned||28 Jun 1943|
Transferred to Pakistan in 1948 being renamed Sind.
Commands listed for HMIS Godavari (U 52)
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|1||A/Capt. James Wilfrid Jefford, OBE, RIN||22 Jun 1943||10 May 1944|
|2||A/Cdr. Anthony Brian Goord, RIN||10 May 1944||10 Feb 1945|
|3||A/Lt.Cdr. Hajee Mohammed Siddiq Choudry, RIN||10 Feb 1945|
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Notable events involving Godavari include:
7 Aug 1943
HMS Stubborn (Lt. A.A. Duff, RN) conducted A/S exercises at Scapa Flow with HMS Onslow (Capt. J.A. McCoy, DSO, RN), HMIS Godavari (Capt. J.W. Jefford, OBE, RIN), HMS Savage (Cdr. R.C. Gordon, DSO, RN) and HMS Middleton (Lt. C.S. Battersby, RN). (1)
14 Aug 1943
The battleships HMS Duke of York (Capt. B.B. Schofield, RN, flying the flag of Admiral B.A. Fraser, KCB, KBE, RN and with H.M. the King on board), HMS Anson (Capt. E.D.B. McCarthy, DSO and Bar, RN, flying the flag of Vice-Admiral H.R. Moore, KCB, DSO, CVO, RN), battlecruiser HMS Renown (Capt. W.E. Parry, CB, RN), light cruisers HMS Belfast (Capt. F.R. Parham, RN, flying the flag of Rear-Admiral R.L. Burnett, CB, DSO, OBE, RN), HMS Phoebe (Capt. C.P. Frend, RN) and the destroyers HMS Onslow (Capt. J.A. McCoy, DSO, RN), HMS Orwell (Lt.Cdr. J.M. Hodges, DSO, RN), HMS Matchless (Lt.Cdr. J. Mowlam, DSO, RN), HMS Ulster (Lt.Cdr. W.S. Donald, DSC, RN) and HMCS Huron (Lt.Cdr. H.S. Rayner, DSC, RCN) conducted exercises off Scapa Flow. They had been led out of the harbour by HMIS Godavari (Capt. J.W. Jefford, OBE, RIN). (2)
23 Aug 1943
HMS Tantivy (Cdr. M.G. Rimington, DSO, RN) conducted attack exercises at/off Scapa Flow for the C.O.Q.C. (Commanding Officers Qualifying Course) with HMCS Huron (Lt.Cdr. H.S. Rayner, DSC, RCN) and HMIS Godavari (Capt. J.W. Jefford, OBE, RIN). (3)
4 Mar 1944
HMS United (Lt. N.R. Wood, RN) conducted A/S exercises off Plymouth with ML 159 (T/Lt. B.D. Gerrans, RNVR), ML 183 (T/Lt. A.J. Wright, RNVR) and ML 184 (T/Lt. R.W.A. Winter, RNVR), HMS Melbreak (Lt. G.E.C.G. Baines, RN), HMIS Godavari (A/Capt. J.W. Jefford, OBE, RIN), HMS Neave (T/Lt. T. Ross, RNVR) and HMS Skomer (A/Skr.Lt. D.E.S. Mair, DSO, RNR). (4)
5 Jun 1944
During the night of 5 to 6 June 1944, HMS Spirit (Lt. A.W. Langridge, RN), conducted exercises off Trincomalee. These included A/S exercises together with HMIS Godavari (A/Cdr. A.B. Goord, RIN) and night exercises. (5)
12 Aug 1944
German U-boat U-198 was sunk near the Seychelles, in position 03°35'S, 52°49'E, by depth charges from the British frigate HMS Findhorn (Lt.Cdr. J.C. Dawson, RD, RNR) and the Indian sloop HMIS Godavari (A/Cdr. A.B. Goord, RIN).
- ADM 173/18137
- ADM 53/116903 + ADM 53/117016 + ADM 53/117401 + ADM 53/118367 + ADM 53/118433 + ADM 199/632
- ADM 173/18198
- ADM 173/19217
- ADM 173/18785
- ADM 173/18903
ADM numbers indicate documents at the British National Archives at Kew, London.