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HMS Grindall (K477)
HMS Grindall (K477)
HMS Grindall on 12 April 1944.
Name: USS Sanders (DE-273)
Namesake: U.S. Navy Chief Boatswain's Mate Eugene Thomas Sanders (1899-1941), killed in action aboard the battleship USS Arizona (BB-39) during the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor on 7 December 1941
Ordered: 25 January 1942[1]
Builder: Boston Navy Yard, Boston, Massachusetts
Laid down: 23 April 1943
Launched: 4 June 1943
Sponsored by: Mrs. Eugene Thomas Sanders
Completed: 23 September 1943
Fate: Transferred to United Kingdom 23 September 1943[2][3]
Acquired: Returned by United Kingdom 20 August 1945
Name: USS Grindall (DE-273)
Namesake: British name retained
Commissioned: 20 August 1945[2]
Decommissioned: 19 October 1945[2]
Struck: 1 November 1945[2]
Fate: Scrapping completed 28 May 1946
Career (United Kingdom) Royal Navy Ensign
Class and type: Captain class frigate
Name: HMS Grindall (K477)
Namesake: Vice Admiral Richard Grindall (1750-1820), British naval officer who was commanding officer of HMS Prince at the Battle of Trafalgar in 1805[4]
Acquired: 23 September 1943[2][3]
Commissioned: 23 September 1943[1]
Decommissioned: 1945
Fate: Returned to United States 20 August 1945
General characteristics
Displacement: 1,140 tons
Length: 289.5 ft (88.2 m)
Beam: 35 ft (11 m)
Draught: 9 ft (2.7 m)
Propulsion: Four General Motors 278A 16-cylinder engines
GE 7,040 bhp (5,250 kW) generators (4,800 kW)
GE electric motors for 6,000 shp (4,500 kW)
Two shafts
Speed: 20 knots (37 km/h)
Range: 5,000 nautical miles (9,260 km) at 15 knots (28 km/h)
Complement: 156
Sensors and
processing systems:
SA & SL type radars
Type 144 series Asdic
MF Direction Finding antenna
HF Direction Finding Type FH 4 antenna
Armament: 3 × 3 in (76 mm) /50 Mk.22 guns
1 x twin Bofors 40 mm mount Mk.I
7-16 x 20 mm Oerlikon guns
Mark 10 Hedgehog antisubmarine mortar
Depth charges
QF 2 pounder naval gun
Notes: Pennant number K477

HMS Grindall (K477) was a British Captain-class frigate of the Royal Navy in commission during World War II. Originally constructed as the United States Navy Evarts-class destroyer escort USS Sanders (DE-273), she served in the Royal Navy from 1943 to 1945 and then in the U.S. Navy as USS Grindall (DE-273) from August to October 1945.

Construction and transfer

The ship was ordered on 25 January 1942[1] as the U.S. Navy destroyer escort DE-273 and named USS Sanders, the first ship of the name, on 23 February 1943. She was laid down by the Boston Navy Yard in Boston, Massachusetts, on 23 April 1943 and launched on 4 June 1943, sponsored by Mrs. Eugene Thomas Sanders. The United States transferred the ship to the United Kingdom under Lend-Lease on 23 September 1943.[2][3]

Service history

Royal Navy, 1943-1945

The ship was commissioned into service in the Royal Navy as HMS Grindall (K477) under the command of Lieutenant Commander William Cole, RD, RNR, on 23 September 1943[1] simultaneously with her transfer. She served on patrol and escort duty. On 15 April 1945, she joined the British frigate HMS Keats (K482) in a depth-charge attack that sank the German submarine U-285 in the North Atlantic Ocean southwest of Ireland at position 50°13′00″N 012°48′00″W / 50.2166667°N 12.8°W / 50.2166667; -12.8 (U-258 sunk).[1]

The Royal Navy returned Grindall to the U.S. Navy on 20 August 1945 at Chatham Dockyard in England.[2]

U.S. Navy, 1945

The ship was commissioned into the U.S. Navy as USS Grindall (DE-273) with Lieutenant Burrill D. Barker, Jr., USNR, in command, on 20 August 1945 simultaneously with her return. She soon steamed to the Philadelphia Naval Shipyard in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, where she remained until she was decommissioned on 19 October 1945.


The U.S. Navy struck Grindall from its Naval Vessel Register on 1 November 1945 and scrapped her at the Phiadelphia Naval Shipyard, where her scrapping was completed on 28 May 1946.[2]


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