Monday, December 13, 2010
India - Mysore cruiser
The India stamp of 15p. depicts the flagship of the Indian Navy, the cruiser Mysore, originally H.M.S. Nigeria, one of the "Fiji" class of eight ships.
All the ships were identical in appearance. The Nigeria was built by Vickers-Armstrongs, Ltd. at their Walker Naval Yard on the Tyne and completed on September 20, 1940. Originally designed with four triple turrets, these have now been reduced to three to cut down weight. Sold to the Indian Navy in 1957, she was refitted by Cammell Laird and Co. (Shipbuilders and Engineers) Ltd., Birkenhead and was the last of the class to have the top turret removed.