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Grimsby Class (1934) Sloop

Following the success of Escort Sloops (Escort vessels) during WW1, this was the fifth class constructed since the end of WW1.

They followed on from the Falmouth Class (1932) SL.

The exact date of when each ship was launched or completed is not known so the date above is only a placeholder date. But it is known that the class was one of a group of classes which were all launched between 1933 and 1935. 

Of the thirteen in the class, one served in the Indian navy and four in the Australian Navy. Four were lost during WW2.

The term Sloop was officially dropped in 1937 when Escort Sloops were re-rated as Escort Vessels, but the term continued in unofficial use. An initial requirement to conduct minesweeping duty was reduced as the roles of minesweeping and convoy escort diverged. The required endurance was determined as the longest passage probable as a convoy escort which was the UK to Freetown, 3,500 miles plus a margin for operations. Say about 5000 miles at 10kts.

Details of how the class performed during the 1930's and WW2 needs further research.

 

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This page last edited - 04 February, 2013.

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