Sandown-class Mine Countermeasures Vessel
Built by Vosper Thornycroft, at Woolston, Southampton and launched on 10 August 1998, by the ship's Lady Sponsor is Lady Blackham. HMS Grimsby commissioned on 25 September 1999.
She is one of originally twelve Sandown-class Mine Countermeasures Vessels (MCMV) in the Royal Navy, constructed with glass-reinforced plastic (GRP) hulls.
Her homeport is HMNB Clyde, where she is part of the MCM1 Squadron.
The primary responsibility of the Sandown-class is to seek out, detect and destroy mines, using the SeaFox unmanned underwater vehicle and a team of highly skilled Mine Clearance Divers.