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Five ships and two establishments of the Royal Navy
Royal Navy
The Royal Navy is the naval warfare service branch of the British Armed Forces. Founded in the 16th century, it is the oldest service branch and is known as the Senior Service...

, and one ship of the Royal Indian Navy
Royal Indian Navy
The Royal Indian Navy was the naval force of British India. Along with the Presidency armies and the later British Indian Army it comprised the Armed Forces of British India....

 have borne the name HMS Indus, after the Indus River
Indus River
The Indus River is a major river which flows through Pakistan. It also has courses through China and India.Originating in the Tibetan plateau of western China in the vicinity of Lake Mansarovar in Tibet Autonomous Region, the river runs a course through the Ladakh district of Jammu and Kashmir and...

 in India
India
India , officially the Republic of India , is a country in South Asia. It is the seventh-largest country by geographical area, the second-most populous country with over 1.2 billion people, and the most populous democracy in the world...

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Ships

was a storeship, formerly an East Indiaman. She was purchased in 1790, but her fate is unknown. was a 74-gun third-rate
Third-rate
In the British Royal Navy, a third rate was a ship of the line which from the 1720s mounted between 64 and 80 guns, typically built with two gun decks . Years of experience proved that the third rate ships embodied the best compromise between sailing ability , firepower, and cost...

 ship of the line
Ship of the line
A ship of the line was a type of naval warship constructed from the 17th through the mid-19th century to take part in the naval tactic known as the line of battle, in which two columns of opposing warships would manoeuvre to bring the greatest weight of broadside guns to bear...

 launched in 1812. She was renamed HMS Bellona in 1818, used for harbour service from 1840 and was broken up in 1868. was an iron paddle gunboat
Gunboat
A gunboat is a naval watercraft designed for the express purpose of carrying one or more guns to bombard coastal targets, as opposed to those military craft designed for naval warfare, or for ferrying troops or supplies.-History:...

 launched in 1838 and listed until 1843. was an 80-gun second-rate
Second-rate
In the British Royal Navy, a second rate was a ship of the line which by the start of the 18th century mounted 90 to 98 guns on three gun decks; earlier 17th century second rates had fewer guns and were originally two-deckers or had only partially armed third gun decks. The term in no way implied...

 ship of the line launched in 1839. She was used as a guard ship
Guard ship
A guard ship is a warship stationed at some port or harbour to act as a guard, and in former times in the Royal Navy to receive the men impressed for service...

 from 1860 and was sold in 1898. was a gunvessel launched in 1851. Her fate is unknown.
  • HMIS Indus was a Grimsby class
    Grimsby class sloop
    With the realisation that war was approaching, 13 Grimsby class sloops were laid down in the mid to late 1930s. Of these eight were built in the United Kingdom for the Royal Navy, four in Australia for the Royal Australian Navy and one for India...

     sloop
    Sloop-of-war
    In the 18th and most of the 19th centuries, a sloop-of-war was a warship with a single gun deck that carried up to eighteen guns. As the rating system covered all vessels with 20 guns and above, this meant that the term sloop-of-war actually encompassed all the unrated combat vessels including the...

     of the Royal Indian Navy
    Royal Indian Navy
    The Royal Indian Navy was the naval force of British India. Along with the Presidency armies and the later British Indian Army it comprised the Armed Forces of British India....

     launched in 1934 and sunk in 1942.

Establishments

  • HMS Indus was the name assigned to the Devonport
    HMNB Devonport
    Her Majesty's Naval Base Devonport , is one of three operating bases in the United Kingdom for the Royal Navy . HMNB Devonport is located in Devonport, in the west of the city of Plymouth in Devon, England...

     guard ship
    Guard ship
    A guard ship is a warship stationed at some port or harbour to act as a guard, and in former times in the Royal Navy to receive the men impressed for service...

     and flagship
    Flagship
    A flagship is a vessel used by the commanding officer of a group of naval ships, reflecting the custom of its commander, characteristically a flag officer, flying a distinguishing flag...

     of the Port Admiral, between 1860 and 1905:

} was the original guard ship between 1860 and 1898.
} was HMS Indus for a few months in 1898. was the mechanics' training establishment and workshops at Devonport between 1906 and 1922. A number of ships were renamed whilst serving as depot and base ships for the establishment:
} was renamed HMS Indus in 1898, commissioned as the establishment in 1906, renamed HMS Indus I in 1910 and was paid off in 1922.
} was HMS Indus II between 1910 and 1914.
} was HMS Indus II between 1915 and 1918.
} was HMS Indus II between 1920 and 1922.
} was HMS Indus III between 1910 and 1922.
} was HMS Indus IV between 1904 and 1906.
} was HMS Indus IV between 1910 and 1914.
} was HMS Indus V between 1910 and 1922.