Allied Warships

HMIS Pansy

Sloop of the Cornwallis class

NavyThe Royal Indian Navy
TypeSloop
ClassCornwallis 
Pennant 
Built byWilliam Hamilton & Co. (Port Glasgow, Scotland) 
Ordered 
Laid down 
Launched1 Feb 1916 
Commissioned21 Sep 1939 
End service 
History

Former Flower class sloop in service with the Calcutta Port Authority.

Requisitioned by the RIN on 2 September 1939.
Returned to her owner in 1946. 

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Notable events involving Pansy include:


28 Jul 1944
During 28 and 29 July 1944, HMS Stratagem (Lt. C.R. Pelly, DSC, RN) and HMS Thorough (Lt.Cdr. J.G. Hopkins, RN), both conducted exercises off Trincomalee during which they made practice attacks on each other. Also practice attacks were made during which HMIS Pansy (Lt. R.G. Main, RINR) served as the target. These included night exercises. (1)

16 Aug 1944
During 16 and 17 August 1944, HMS Sirdar (Lt. J.A. Spender, RN) and HrMs O 19 (Lt.Cdr. A. van Karnebeek, RNN) conducted exercises off Trincomalee with each other. Also involved in these exercises was their escort, HMIS Pansy (Lt. R.G. Main, RINR). These included night exercises. (2)

25 Aug 1944
HMS Storm (T/A/Lt.Cdr. E.P. Young, DSC, RNVR) departed Trincomalee for her 7th war patrol (6th in the Far East). She was ordered to patrol off the Mergui Archipelago and to proceed towards Fremantle, Australia afterwards. She was escorted out by HMIS Pansy (Lt. R.G. Main, RINR). (3)

2 Sep 1944
HMS Surf (Lt. D. Lambert, DSC, RN) conducted exercises off Trincomalee which included a practice attack on HMIS Pansy (Lt. R.G. Main, RINR). During these exercises a main motor was flooded damaging it beyond the repair capacity of the depot ship. It was therefore decided to sent HMS Surf back to the U.K. to refit. (4)

13 Sep 1944
During 13 and 14 September 1944, HMS Stratagem (Lt. A.R. Profit, DSC, RN), conducted exercises off Trincomalee. Gunnery exercises were carried out on a target that was being towed by HMIS Pansy (Lt. R.G. Main, RINR). Then A/S exercises were carried out with HMIS Pansy, HMS Quilliam (Capt. R.G. Onslow, DSO and 2 Bars, RN) and HMAS Quiberon (Cdr. G.S. Stewart, RAN). These included night exercises. Early on the 14th an A/S exercise was carried out with HMIS Pansy, HMAS Nizam (Cdr. C.H. Brooks, RAN) and HrMs Tjerk Hiddes (Lt.Cdr. W.J. Kruys, RNN). (5)

24 Sep 1944
HMS Spirit (Lt. A.W. Langridge, RN) ended her 4th war patrol (2nd in the Far East) at Trincomalee. She was escorted in by HMIS Pansy (Lt. R.G. Main, RINR). (6)

25 Sep 1944
During 25 and 26 September 1944 HMS Statesman (Lt. R.G.P. Bulkeley, RN) and HMS Subtle (Lt. B.J.B. Andrew, DSC, RN) conducted exercises off Trincomalee with HMS Lewes (T/Lt. M.H. Grylls, SANF(V)) and HMIS Pansy (Lt. R.G. Main, RINR). These included night exercises. (7)

30 Oct 1944
HMS Spirit (Lt. A.A. Catlow, RN) departed Trincomalee for her 5th war patrol (3rd in the Far East). She was ordered to patrol off the Andaman Islands (Port Blair area).

Lt. Catlow was temporary in command of HMS Spirit as Lt. Langridge was sick.

HMS Spirit was escorted out by HMIS Pansy (A/Lt.Cdr. R.G. Main, RINR). (6)

20 Nov 1944
HMS Spirit (Lt. A.A. Catlow, RN) ended her 5th war patrol (3rd in the Far East) at Trincomalee. She was escorted in by HMIS Pansy (A/Lt.Cdr. R.G. Main, RINR). (6)

6 Dec 1944
HMS Spark (Lt. D.G. Kent, RN) ended her 2nd war patrol (1st in the Far East) at Trincomalee. She was escorted in by HMIS Pansy (A/Lt.Cdr. R.G. Main, RINR). (8)

Sources

  1. ADM 173/18846
  2. ADM 173/18787
  3. ADM 199/1870
  4. ADM 173/18906
  5. ADM 173/18848
  6. ADM 199/1869
  7. ADM 173/18823
  8. ADM 199/1876

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


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