Royal Indian Navy HMIS Sutlej Ships Tread Plate – 1940
HMIS Sutlej was a modified Bittern-class sloop, later known as the Black Swan class, which served in the Royal Indian Navy during World War II.
After India became a republic on 26 January 1950, the vessel was renamed as the Indian Navy’s INS Sutlej.
HMIS Sutlej was ordered under the 1939 Programme for the Royal Indian Navy. She was built by William Denny and Brothers and commissioned in 1941.
HMIS Sutlej saw service in WWII providing escort duties in the Irish Sea, Indian Ocean , East Indies and Mediterranean Fleet. HMIS Sutlej was part of the amphibious task force for Operation Husky, the Allied invasion of Sicily.
After a refit in Bombay, she was deployed back in the Bay of Bengal, and supported amphibious assaults in Burma and Malaya. HMIS Sutlej was part of the task force during Operation Dracula for the amphibious assault on Rangoon by the British Indian Army and the British Army. The other members of this task force were HMIS Cauvery, HMIS Godavari, HMIS Kistna, HMIS Narbada, and HMIS Hindustan.
After Indian Independence, she was commissioned into the Indian Navy as INS Sutlej and reclassified as a frigate. In 1955, INS Sutlej was converted into a survey ship. She was decommissioned in 1978, and sold for scrap in 1979.
51cm 20in Width
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