DAMAGE ASSESMENT - 1971 INDO-PAK NAVAL WAR

B. Harry

[May 23, 2004]

 

TABLE 1.1 - Indian Navy Ship to Ship kills (Western Theatre 1971)

      Date 

      Ship

    Weapon

      Victim

  Victim type

 Status

 3 Dec, 1971

  INS Rajput

  Depth charges

  PNS Ghazi

    Submarine

    Sunk

 4 Dec, 1971

 INS Nirghat

    Styx ASM

  PNS Khaibar

    Destroyer

    Sunk

 4 Dec, 1971

  INS Nipat

    Styx ASM

  PNS Shahjahan

    Destroyer

    Sunk1

 4 Dec, 1971

  INS Veer

    Styx ASM

  PNS Muhafiz

    Minesweeper 

    Sunk

 4 Dec, 1971

  INS Nipat

    Styx ASM

  Venus challenger

    Merchant2

    Sunk

 8 Dec, 1971

  INS Talwar

 4.5 "+ 40mm

 

    C.R.C3

    Sunk

 8 Dec, 1971

  INS Vinash

    Styx ASM

  Harmattan

    Merchant

    Sunk

 8 Dec, 1971

  INS Vinash

    Styx ASM

  SS Gulfstar

    Freighter

    Sunk

 8 Dec, 1971

  INS Vinash

    Styx ASM

  PNS Dacca

    Tanker

    Dmg

1.      Did not sink immediately. Claimed by Pakistan to be damaged beyond service. Disputed.

2.      American vessel carrying ammunition for Pakistan

3.      Communications Relay Craft

 

 TABLE 1.2 - Indian Navy Air to Ship kills (Eastern Theatre 1971) (Incomplete list)

      Date 

    Aircraft

    Weapon

      Victim

 Victim type

 Status

   4 Dec, 1971

    Hunter^^

       30mm

   PNS Comilla

     Gun Boat

     Sunk

   4 Dec, 1971

     Hunter^^

       30mm

   PNS Rajshai

     Gun Boat

     Dmg^

   5 Dec, 1971

    Alize

      Rockets

   PNS Salamat

     Gun Boat

     Sunk

   5 Dec, 1971

    Alize

      Rockets

   PNS Shahbaz

     Gun Boat

     Sunk

   6 Dec, 1971

   Sea Hawk

     Rockets

   PNS Sylhet

     Gun Boat

     Sunk

   6 Dec, 1971

    Sea Hawk

      Cannon

           ? 

     Gun Boat

     Sunk

   6 Dec, 1971

    Sea Hawk

      Mixed

   Ondarda

     Merchant

     Sunk

   6 Dec, 1971

   Sea Hawk

      Mixed

   Thetic Charlie

     Merchant

     Sunk

   9 Dec, 1971

    Sea Hawk

          ?

   PNS Balaghat

     Gun Boat

     Sunk

   9 Dec, 1971

   Sea Hawk

      Mixed

   Mustali

     Merchant

     Sunk

   9 Dec, 1971

         ?

      Rockets

   

     2x LCT

     Sunk

   9 Dec, 1971

   Sea Hawk

      Mixed

   Makran

     Merchant

     Sunk

 10 Dec, 1971

   Sea Hawk

      Mixed

   Nordpol

    Merchant

     Sunk

 11 Dec, 1971

     Alize

      Rockets

   PNS Jessore

     Gun Boat

    B&D*

 12 Dec, 1971

   Sea Hawk

      Bombs

   Al Abbas

   Merchant

     Sunk

 12 Dec, 1971

  Sea Hawk

      Mixed

   Anisbaksh

   Merchant

     Sunk

 12 Dec, 1971

  Sea Hawk

      Bombs

   Avlos

   Merchant

     Sunk

* Beached and destroyed in attack.

^ Only one escaped East Pakistan to Malaysia. Serves in the Pakistan navy even today.

^^ Eyewitnesses claim that the aircraft were Hunters but they could have actually been Seahawks from the Vikrant. Indian Navy accounts make no mention of IAF Hunters and the area of interception was clearly assigned to the Vikrant.
 

TABLE 1.3 - Indian Navy losses

      Date 

     Victim

    Weapon

     Claimant

Victim type

 Status

  9 Dec, 1971

  INS Khukri

    2x Torpedo

 PNS Hangor

Frigate

    Sunk

 10 Dec, 1971

    Alize  203

       Aim-9B

 PAF F-104A

Aircraft

  Shot down

 

TABLE 1.4 - Other

      Date 

   Victim

   Weapon

   Claimant

     Type

   Status

                Comment

  9 Dec, 1971

MV Zoe

Coast defense guns

Karachi Port Shore Guns

Merchant

Sunk

Greek vessel sunk in panic fire

 10 Dec, 1971

PNS Zulfiquar

 30 mm

 PAF 

Frigate

Damage

Fratricide. Attacked due to mistaken identity

 

TABLE 1.5 - Estimation of some of the damage inflicted on Enemy by Indian Air strikes

The following Wrecks were estimated:

 

       Ship

    GRT

     Karnapuhli

        6876

     Surma

        5890

   Ocean Enterprise

        5909

     Unidentified - 1

        1800

     AnisBaksh

        6273

     Al-Abbas

        9142

     Maihar

        5983

     Materan

        1198

     Rangamati

        5888

     Comilla

          345

     Jessore

     Sylhat

     Unidentified - 2

        8000

     Unidentified - 3

     TOTAL

    57,259 TONS

 


Sources

      Account of Indo-pak war in the Bay of Bengal 1971",Vikas Publishing,New Delhi

     1980