HMS Gravelines (D24)

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Name: HMS Gravelines
Laid down: 10 August 1943
Launched: 20 November 1944
Commissioned: 14 June 1946
Fate: Sold for scrap
General characteristics
Class & type: Battle class destroyer
Displacement: 2,325 tons standard
3,430 tons full load
Length: 379 ft (116 m)
Beam: 40 ft (12.2 m)
Draught: 15.3 ft (4.7 m)
Propulsion: 2 steam turbines, 2 shafts, 2 boilers, 50,000 shp (37 MW)
Speed: 35.75 knots (66 km/h)
Range: 4,400 nautical miles (8,100 km) at 12 knots (22 km/h)
Complement: 268
Armament: 2 × dual 4.5-inch (114 mm) gun
1 × single 4-inch (102 mm) gun
14 × Bofors 40 mm gun
10 × 21-inch (533 mm) torpedo tubes
1 × Squid mortar

HMS Gravelines (D24) was a Battle-class destroyer of the Royal Navy. She was named after the Battle of Gravelines, which took place in 1588, resulting in the English Navy defeating the Spanish Armada. Gravelines was built by Cammell Laird of Birkenhead. She was launched on 30 November 1944 and commissioned on 14 June 1946.

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Upon commissioning, Gravelines was placed in Reserve along with a number of her other sister-ships. In 1949, Gravelines joined the 3rd Destroyer Flotilla, which joined the Mediterranean Fleet. Gravelines exchanged crews with HMS St Kitts on 10 March 1953 and returned to the UK where she was paid off into the Reserve Fleet.

In 1955, Gravelines, with the rest of the 3rd Flotilla, returned once again to the Mediterranean, and was in the area during the Suez Crisis, which had occurred in response to the Egyptian President Nasser's nationalisation of the Suez Canal. That same year, Gravelines returned to a colder climate, when she, along with the rest of the Flotilla, joined the Home Fleet, based in the UK. In 1957, Gravelines began a refit, though it was cancelled the following year. In 1961, Gravelines was scrapped.

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