Thursday, July 8, 2010

British Warships in Indian Navy; INS Mysore, ex HMS Nigeria.

INS Mysore was a British Fiji class cruiser commissioned into the Indian Navy in August 1957. HMS Nigeria (60) previously served in World War II with the Royal Navy. She served in Home waters and off the Scandinavian coast for the early part of the war. In July 1941 HMS Nigeria became the flagship of Force 'K'.On 12 August 1942 she was participating in Operation Pedestal, escorting a convoy bound for Malta. She was the flagship of the close escort group. HMS Nigeria was torpedoed and damaged by the Italian submarine Axum but managed to make it back to Gibraltar escorted by three destroyers. HMS Nigeria survived the war and continued in service with the Royal Navy until 29 August 1957 when she was sold to the Indian Navy.

INS Mysore was the second cruiser to be purchased by India.INS Mysore was decommissioned on August 29, 1985.

The new 2nd. Generation 'INS Mysore' (D-60) is a Delhi-class destroyer of the Indian Navy built by Mazagon Dock Ltd in Bombay (Mumbai), India. Commissioned into  Indian Navy on June 2, 1999. The commissioning CO of INS Mysore was Captain Rajiv Dhamdhere.
The crest for INS Mysore depicted the mythological double-headed eagle Gandaberunda from the coat of arms of the former Mysore state. The ship's motto "Na bibheti kadachana" was taken from the "Taittiriya Upanishad" (Sanskrit for Always Fearless).

"I regret to inform that Rear Admiral Satyandra Singh Jamwal, Chief-of- Staff, Southern Naval Command died in a freak firing when he was engaged in target firing practice at the firing range of the gunnery school, INS Dronacharya at Fort Kochi, in the forenoon hours on 7th July 2010. Rear Admiral Jamwal (51) is survived by Geeta Jamwal (wife) and two children. My heartfelt condolences go with them.  
Capt. S. S. Jamwal was the proud Commissioning Commanding Officer of INS BEAS. And I had personal interactions with him in connection with the commissioning activities of the Frigate at GRSE in Calcutta.

 INS Beas, the guided missile frigate built by Garden Reach Shipbuilders and Engineers, Kolkata, was commissioned on 11 Jul 05 by the Chief of the Naval Staff, Admiral Arun Prakash.INS Beas is named after the River Beas.

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