Edsall-class destroyer escort

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USS Edsall (DE-129) underway at sea, in 1945.jpg
USS Edsall
Class overview
Name: Edsall class
Preceded by: Cannon class
Succeeded by: Rudderow class
In commission: 1943-2015
Planned: 85
Completed: 85
Lost: 5
Retired: 84
Scrapped: 75
Preserved: 1
General characteristics
Type: Destroyer escort
  • 1,253 tons standard
  • 1,590 tons full load
Length: 306 ft (93.3 m)
Beam: 36 ft 7 in (11.2 m)
Draft: 10 ft 5 in (3.2 m)
Propulsion: 2-shaft Fairbanks-Morse geared diesel engines, 6,000 bhp (4,500 kW)
Speed: 21 kn (39 km/h; 24 mph)
Range: 10,800 nmi (20,000 km; 12,400 mi) at 12 kn (22 km/h; 14 mph)
Complement: 186

The Edsall-class destroyer escorts were destroyer escorts built primarily for ocean antisubmarine escort service during World War II. The lead ship, USS Edsall, was commissioned on 10 April 1943 at Orange, Texas. The class was also known as the FMR type from their Fairbanks-Morse reduction-geared diesel drive, with a type of engine used in the submarines of the time. The FMR's substitution for a diesel-electric power plant was the essential difference from the predecessor Cannon ("DET") class.[1] This was the only World War II destroyer escort class in which all the ships originally ordered were completed as United States Navy destroyer escorts.[2] Destroyer escorts were regular companions escorting the vulnerable cargo ships. Late in the war, plans were made to replace the 3-inch (76 mm) guns with 5-inch (127 mm) guns, but only Camp was refitted (after a collision). In total, all 85 were completed by three shipbuilding companies: Bethlehem Shipbuilding Corporation, Staten Island, New York (47), Consolidated Steel Corporation, Orange, Texas (18), and Brown Shipbuilding, Houston, Texas (20). Most were en route to the Pacific Theater when Japan surrendered. One of the ships participated in Operation Dragoon and two were attacked by German guided missiles.

Hull numbers[edit]

A total of 85 Edsall-class destroyer escorts was built.

  • DE-129 through DE-152 Bethlehem, Staten Island
  • DE-238 through DE-255 Consolidated, Orange
  • DE-316 through DE-338 Bethlehem, Staten Island
  • DE-382 through DE-401 Brown, Houston


Destroyed or damaged in combat[edit]

Transferred to US Coast Guard from 1951 to 1954[edit]

USS Lansing in 1963

Transferred to other countries[edit]

Notable ships of class[edit]


  1. ^ Rivet, Eric; Stenzel, Michael (22 April 2011). "Classes of Destroyer Escorts". History of Destroyer Escorts. Destroyer Escort Historical Museum. Retrieved 8 July 2012. Except for the propulsion, the EDSALL class was nearly identical to the CANNON class in every respect. This fourth class of destroyer escort mounted a direct drive diesel configuration that proved to be extremely reliable.
  2. ^ U.S. Destroyers, an illustrated design history by Norman Friedman, ISBN 1-55750-442-3 Chapter 7

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