Fleet Destroyer ordered under a War Emergency
Programme in April 1941 from Swan Hunter, Wallsend,
Newcastle. The ship was laid down on 1st
November 1941 and launched on 12th October 1942
as the 3rd RN warship to carry this name. It was
introduced in 1763 in commemoration of the
famous victory by Sir Richard Grenville
against a Spanish Fleet off the Azores in August
1591. The last ship to bear the name was sunk by
a mine in 1940. Build completed on 27th May 1943
and the design included additional accommodation
to allow use as a Flotilla Leader. Following a
successful WARSHIP WEEK National Savings
campaign during March 1942 she had been
'adopted' by the civil community of Paisley,
Renfrewshire, now part of Strathclyde.
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Contractor's sea trials and commissioned for
service in 25th Destroyer Flotilla.
Build completion and commenced Accepted Trials.
completion of trials and storing took passage to
Scapa Flow to
work-up for operational
duties with Hone Fleet.
During work-up deployed with destroyer screen
for major Home Fleet which
included US Navy
battleships on loan service at Scapa
Part of screen for H M Battleships ANSON, DUKE
CF YORK and MALAYA, US battleships
SOUTH DAKOTA and ALABAMA during diversionary
sweep off Norway as a Diversionary
operation during allied landings in Sicily.
Transferred to English Channel based at
for anti-submarine operations in Bay of Biscay
with HM Destroyer ULSTER and
HM Sloop CRANE to intercept U-Boats
passage to and for
attacks on enemy coastal convoys.
(For details see HOLD THE NARROW SEA by P Smith,
ENGAGE THE ENEMY MORE
Barnett and CONFLICT OVER THE BAY by N
Despatched with HM Canadian Destroyer
ATHABASKAN, HM Sloop EGRET, HM Frigates
ROTHER and JED to reinforce ships of 5th and
40th Support Groups after increase of air
attacks by Glider Bombs off Spanish coast.
(Note: HM Cruiser PHOEBE provided cover.)
(Operation PERCUSSION -To intercept U-Boats
using coastal waters for passage to and from
Atlantic convoy routes)
Under attack by Do217 aircraft using He293
(Note: HMS EGRET was sunk and HMCS ATHABASKAN
damaged in these attacks
Channel deployment in continuation.
Channel deployment in continuation.
Deployed with HM Destroyers ULSTER, LIMBOURNE,
TANTASIDE and WENSLEYDALE
for an interception operation in Bay of Biscay.
In action against German destroyers off Les
Torpedo attack by RN destroyers and
fire after being hit during exchange of fire and
withdrew from action.
Came under friendly fire from other ships in
Enemy ships were able to disengage (See FRIEND
CF FOE by P Kemp).
(Note: This was an example of the poor execution
of TUNNEL operations)
Deployed with HM Cruiser CHARYBDIS, HM
Destroyers ROCKET, TALYBONT,
STEVENSTONE, LIMBOURNE and WENSLEYDALE to
intercept German blockade runner
MUNSTERLAND off the coast of Brittany .
(Operation TUNNEL Series).
Under attack by German torpedo boats during which
HMS CHARYBDIS and HMS
LIMBOURNE were sunk.
(For details of this disastrous, ill-planned and
poorly executed operation see HOLD THE
NARROW SEA by Peter C Smith and TWO HONORABLE
YEARS by Craig Leith.
(Note TWO HONORABLE YEARS was privately
Transferred for duty in Mediterranean and took
passage to Gibraltar..
Carried out bombardment of Volturno.
Deployed in Adriatic based at Brindisi
for patrol duties and support for military
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support in continuation.
Carried out bombardment of Revigno.
Nominated for support of planned allied
landings at Anzio.
to join Assault Force at Naples.,
Deployed in support of landings as part of
screen for major units and for gunfire support.
(Operation SHINGLE - See ENGAGE THE ENEMY MORE
CLOSELY and Naval Staff
Deployed with HM Destroyer LAFOREY for
interception patrol against E-Boats.
release from SHINGLE deployed in central
Mediterranean and Adriatic.
Transferred to rejoin Home Fleet for support of
planned allied landings in Normandy.
Passage to Scapa
Nominated for duty in Force G to support assault
landings on GOLD BEACH with HM
Destroyers URSA, ULSTER, UNDAUNTED, UNDINE and
URCHIN of Flotilla.
Joined HM Cruisers ORION, AJAX, ARGONAUT and
EMERALD with HMS UNDINE
as part of
BOMBARDING Force K
Carried out bombardment exercise with Force K in
(For details of naval activities prior to and
during landings and of major ships
in Force G
see LANDINGS IN NORMANDY JUNE 1944 (HMSO) and
OPERATION NEPTUNE by
Assembled with Force K ships in Clyde.
Sailed from Clyde with Force K.
Operation delayed for 24 hours.
Dutch Gunboat FLORES joined Force K on arrival
Passage through Swept Channel with Force K as
Provided naval gunfire support for landings on
Deployed in Eastern Task Force Area for gunfire
support and defensive patrols to intercept
enemy surface craft and submarines attacking
ships off beachhead.
Retained with Flotilla in English Channel
after termination of NEPTUNE.
deployment with Flotilla in continuation.
Nominated for service in Pacific with Flotilla.
and preparation for service with British
completion of post refit trials and shakedown
took passage to
in Mediterranean for support of military operations.
Carried out bombardment of Civitanova
On release from
support duties took passage to Ceylon.
Joined British Pacific Fleet on
After arrival detached with Flotilla for
screening of Eastern Fleet major ships
and patrol in
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service with Eastern Fleet in continuation.
Part of screen for HM Aircraft Carriers
INDOMITABLE, VICTORIOUS and
INDEFATIGABLE, HM Cruisers
SUFFOLK, CEYLON, ARGONAUT and BLACK
PRINCE with HM Destroyers UNDINE, UNDAUNTED,
URANIA, URSA, KEMPENFELT,
WHELP and WAGER as Task Force 63.
LENTIL - Air attacks on oil refineries
at Pangkalan Erandan,
(See OPERATION PACIFIC by E Gray,
ENGAGE THE ENEMY MORE CLOSELY and
WAR WITH JAPAN (HMSO)
Took part in rehearsal of planned operation
during passage to Sydney of BPF.
Sailed from Ceylon as Task Force 63 (HM
Battleship KING GEORGE V, HM Aircraft
INDOMITABLE, ILLUSTRIOUS, VICTORIOUS and
Cruisers BLACK PRINCE, ARGONAUT and EURYALUS, HM
UNDINE, URSA, KEMPENFELT, WAKEFUL, WHIRLWIND,
WAGER, WESSEX and
for passage to Sydney.
Refuelled at sea from Task Force 69.
Part of screen for TF63 during air attacks on
oil refinery at Pladjoe,
North of Palembang,
(0peration MERIDIAN I).
Part of screen for TF63 during attacks on
refinery at Soengi-Cerong,
(Operation MERIDIAN II).
Replenished and took passage to Fremantle.
Arrived at Sydney.
Prepared for service with US Navy in SW Pacific
Carried out exercises using US Navy procedures.
Designated as part of Task Force 113 with ships
Took passage to Manus
Arrived at Manus.
Delayed at Manus
whilst US Approval was received for BPF ships to
in SW Pacific.
Approval given by US CinC
for Task Force 113 to deployed with US 5th
Sailed for Ulithi
with ships of 25th, 4th and 27th Destroyer
Re-designated as Task Group 57.8 and took
passage from Ulithi
for operational area off
as part of screen for BPF ship (Task Force 57).
(Operation ICEBERG I - Support for Okinawa
Deployed in operational area with TF57.
(For details of naval operations by TF57 see
TASK FORCE 57 by P Smith,
PACIFIC by E Gray,
THE FORGOTTEN FLEET by J Winton and WAR WITH
for detached service with US ships for joint air
attacks on airfields.
Task Force 57 diverted to carry out air attacks
on airfields in Formosa.
(Operation ICEBERG OOLONG).
Deployed with screen for TF57 ships during air
operations off Formosa.
On completion of Formosa strikes and refuelling
resumed operations off Sakishima
Took passage to Leyte
for rest period after 6th strike period.
Sailed from Leyte
as part of screen for HM Battleships KING GEORGE
V and HOWE, HM
Aircraft Carriers INDOMITABLE, VICTORIOUS,
FORMIDABLE and INDEFATIGABLE,
PRINCE, UGANDA (RCN), GAMBIA (RNZN) and
EURYALUS with destroyers
of 4th, 25th and 27th
Destroyer Flotillas to continue attacks on
Group by Task Force 57
(Operation ICEBERG II)
Resumed screening duties during air operations
Detached with ships of
Flotilla to screen HMS KING GEORGE V, HMS HOWE,
SWIFTSURE, BLACK PRINCE, EURYALUS, GAMBIA and
bombardment of airfield on Miyako.
soon after start of bombardment when signal
received to say aircraft carriers were
under heavy and sustained air attacks.
Deployed with screen of TF57 during air
Under sustained air attacks.
Passage to Sydney via Manus
as screen for TF57 ships.
British ships transferred to 3rd US Fleet and
re-designated Task Force 37.
and rest period at Sydney.
Re-designated as Leader of 4th RN Destroyer
Flotilla with ships of 25th Flotilla.
Took passage to Manus
with BPF ships for joint operations with US 3rd
Fleet off Japan.
Sailed from Manus
with BPF ships.
Passage to Japan with TF37 for joint RN and USN
Deployed with HM Destroyers QUIBERON,
QUICKMATCH, QUALITY, QUADRANT,
TEAZER, TERPSICHORE, UNDAUNTED,
UNDINE, URANIA, URCHIN and
ULYSSES to screen HM
Battleship KING GEORGE V,
HM Aircraft Carriers FORMIDABLE,
VICTORIOUS and HMS
IMPLACABLE, HM Cruisers
NEWFOUNDLAND, ACHILLES (RNZN), UGANDA
(RNZN) and BLACK PRINCE.
(Note: TF37 carriers joined US TF38 attacks on
targets in Tokyo and Yokohama.
Bombarded targets in South Honshu with TF37. In
action against surface suicide
in operational area with TF37.
Part of screen TF37 ships during combined air
attacks and surface bombardment of targets in
North Honshu and Hokkaido with US Task Groups.
Escorted ships of TF37 to Manus
after reduction of British element due to lack
British sources (See above references)
Passage to Sydney with HM Destroyers URCHIN and
URSA as escort for HM Aircraft
GRENVILLE returned to UK after VJ Day to reduce
to Reserve status at Portsmouth and then was
laid up at Harwich. In 1951 she re-commissioned
for service with the Plymouth Local Flotilla and
on 1st October that year was involved in a
collision off Start Point. Three men were
killed, 5 injured and the ship seriously
damaged. After repair in August 1952 she resumed
service and was converted into a Type 15
Anti-submarine Frigate, completing in 1954. Her
service as a frigate lasted until 1969 when she
was placed in Reserve at Gibraltar. The ship
returned to UK and was refitted for use as a
Trials Ship for Weapons and Radio equipment.
This service which included first trials of a
Satellite Communications System lasted until
1972 when she was placed on the Disposal and
laid up at Portsmouth. Sold to BISCO in 1983 for
demolition by Romamet
she was towed to the breakers yard at Rochester
later that year.
of HMS GRENVILLE (ii)
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the text above
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