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        HMS Grimsby

        HMS Grimsby was built by Vosper Thornycroft at their Southampton yard and was launched by Lady Candice Blackham, on 10 August 1998. She was commissioned into the Royal Navy on 25 September 1999. HMS Grimsby is the second Royal Navy ship to bear the name and the first mine hunter to do so.

        HMS Grimsby

        The small ship spent much of 2012 under the watchful eye of engineers and technicians at Rosyth, where she was undergoing a £3.9 million overhaul. Her hull finally returned into the waters in October that year.

        She spent the final part of 2013 re-establishing links with the north-east of England, visiting Hartlepool and Newcastle for short - and enjoyable - visits.

        COMMANDING OFFICER

        Simon Kelly

        Simon Kelly
        RANK:
        Lieutenant Commander
        JOINED:
        1998
        SPECIALISATION:
        WARFARE
        PREVIOUS UNITS:
        HMS Cattistock, HMS Richmond
        Military experience

        Born in Newcastle-upon-Tyne in 1974, Simon Kelly was educated at Royal Grammar School Newcastle and later graduated in European Studies from the University of Leicester. Following two years working in industry he joined the Royal Navy in 1998 as a Warfare Officer.

        After initial Officer training and Fleet time in HM Ships Quorn and Birmingham, he joined HMS Newcastle as an Officer of the Watch at the start of the Naval Task Group 2000 Global Deployment.

        He qualified as a Ship’s Diver in 2001 and subsequently chose to specialise as a Mine Warfare and Clearance Diving Officer in 2002. During this time he served as a member of the team conducting Under Water Force protection for Royal Fleet Auxiliary and Merchant Shipping in support of Op Telic.

        In 2004 he was selected for an exchange appointment to the French Navy serving as Operations Officer in CMT Persee, and subsequently CMT Capricorne based out of Toulon. He enjoyed a challenging and varied appointment with deployments across the Mediterranean, Adriatic and Black Sea.

        On his return from France in 2006, he served in HMS Manchester in preparation for Principle Warfare Officers (PWO) Course and completed Initial Command and Staff Course.

        Promoted to Lieutenant Commander in 2007 and having completed PWO Course he joined HMS Richmond as PWO(Above Water). Operations Officer for the majority of his time on board, he experienced a broad variety of tasks including multi-national exercises in the Baltic and towed array operations in the North Atlantic before a 7 month deployment on Commander Task Force (Iraqi Maritime) defending the strategic Iraqi Oil Terminals in the Gulf.

        On departing HMS Richmond he returned to his specialisation, completing the Advanced Mine Warfare Course at the end of 2009 before taking up an appointment as Chief of Staff (COS) to the First Mine Counter Measures (MCM) Squadron. This challenging role included two periods deployed to the Gulf as COS to Commander UK MCM Force for which he was awarded a Chief of Joint Operations Commendation.

        In July 2012 he assumed command of MCM2 Crew 8, in HMS Cattistock, and following operational training in the UK has now led his new Crew to the Gulf to take over HMS Quorn. On his return to the UK in July 2013 he assumed command of MCM1 Crew 5 in HMS Pembroke.

        Simon lives in Hampshire with his wife, who is an officer in the Royal Air Force.


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        HMS Grimsby
        HMS Grimsby enjoys warm twin-town welcome in a cold January
        03 February 2014

        HMS Grimsby was once again warmly received by locals when...

        HMS Grimsby scores a Hat trick of visits to the North and East
        HMS Grimsby scores a Hat trick of visits to the North and East
        22 November 2013

        Royal Navy Warship HMS Grimsby made two enjoyable but short...

        HMS Grimsby pays a visit to capital of the Highlands
        HMS Grimsby to pay a visit to capital of the Highlands
        11 September 2013

        Royal Navy mine hunter HMS Grimsby – which is home-ported...

        HMS Grimsby’s sailors recognised with awards
        HMS Grimsby's sailors recognised with awards
        11 June 2013

        Sailors onboard HMS Grimsby were presented with awards on Monday...

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        MISSION SUMMARY

        Currently alongside in port.

        ABOUT THE UNIT

        KEY STATISTICS


        Pennant

        M108

        Displacement

        600tonnes

        Complement

        34personnel

        Length

        52.5Metres

        Beam

        10.5metres

        Draught

        2.3metres

        Top Speed

        13knots

        Range (Nautical)

        2,500nautical miles

        Launch Date

        10/08/98

        Commissioned date

        25/09/99

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        HMS Grimsby HISTORY

        TRACK THE HISTORY OF SHIPS NAMED HMS Grimsby
        • The First Grimsby

          HMS Grimsby is the second Royal Navy ship to bear the name and the first mine hunter to do so. The first HMS Grimsby was a sloop built in Devonport Dockyard and launched in July 1933. At the outbreak of World War 2 she was on the China Station but was recalled to the UK to see extensive service and three battle honours.

        • Attack

          Unfortunately on 25 May 1941 following heavy and sustained attack from enemy aircraft she sank 40 miles north east of Tobruk.

        • The Second Grimsby

          HMS Grimsby was built by Vosper Thornycroft at their Southampton yard and was launched by Lady Candice Blackham, on 10 August 1998. She was commissioned into the Royal Navy on 25 September 1999.

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