BATTLE-Class Fleet Destroyer ordered
with ships of the 1st and 2nd Flotillas in 1942
from J S White at Cowes but
later transferred to Cammell Laird at Birkenhead
because of air-raid damage at
the Cowes shipyard. The ship was laid down on
10th August 1946 as Yard No 1127
and was launched on 30th November 1944 as the
first RN ship to carry this name.
Build completion date was 14th June 1946. The
name commemorates the second
phase of the defeat of the Spanish Armada on 9th
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On a Field
a wreath of laurel Gold
a plate whereon a saltire couped raguly red in
of which a lion statand guardant the tail
(Note: This is derived partly
from the crest of Lord Howard of Effingham
victor of this Battle.
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(Note : A
translation of the motto of Lord Howard.
"Desir n'a repos".)
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9 4 6
Commissioned for trials.
for trials prior to reduction to Reserve
and reduced to Reserve.
9 4 7 t o
1 9 4 8
Laid up in Reserve.
Number for visual signalling purposes changed
9 4 9
up in Reserve.
and prepared for commissioning.
for service in 3rd Destroyer Flotilla.
sister BATTLE Class destroyers SAINTES, ARMADA
and VIGO and deployed for
duties in Mediterranean.
duties in Mediterranean based in Malta
9 5 0
with Mediterranean Fleet based in Malta.
9 5 1
deployment included detached service at Basra
for during period of
Iranian demands for
nationalisation of oil industry.
9 5 2
Fleet deployment in continuation.
9 5 3
service and reduced to Reserve.
4 t o
1 9 5 6
Laid up in Reserve.
for refit and modernisation.
9 5 8
in hand for refit and modernisation by HM Dockyard,
was suspended in November after future of ship
had been decided in
the light of the
following the 1957 Defence
cost of the work carried out was critically
commented on in the
Report of 1961
to Reserve status.
F I n a l P h a s e
GRAVELINES was placed on
the Disposal List in 1961 and sold to T W Ward
for demolition at Rosyth.
She arrived at the breaker’s yard in tow on
22nd March 1961.