Thursday, 10 August 2017

British sloop HMS Hussar and British Indies minesweeper HMS Indus launched according to the Dutch magazine Marineblad 1934 no. 7

An item referred to the magazine Schiffbau dated 1 October 1934 reported that for the Royal Indian Navy the two gunboats Indus (1) and Hussar (2)were under construction. Both ships were also be used as minesweepers. With a displacement of around 1.350 tons was the Indus around 90 metres long. Machinery consisted of 2 turbines and 2 oil fuelled 18 atmosphere in two separated rooms allowing a speed of 16,5 miles. The screws turned at full speed 275 rpm. Armament consisted of 2-12cm/4.7” guns and 2-4,7cm/1.85” guns.

1. Grimsby-class sloop of the Royal Indian Navy, laid down by Hawthorn Leslie and Company on 8 December 1933, launched on 24 August 1934, commissioned on 15 March 1935 and sunk by Japanese aircraft off Akyab on 6 April 1942.
2. Halcyon-class Minesweeper. Hussar (J82) building ordered on 23 February 1932, laid down by John I. Thornycroft&Company, Woolston, Southampton, England on 28 August 1933, launched on 27 August 1934, commissioned on 16 January 1935 and sunk by British RAF Hawker Typhoons accidentally off Cap d’Antifer, France on 27 January 1944.