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Compiled by Anne McCarthy and Pat Perrella
 

During World War II, under a Lend-Lease agreement with the US Navy, 6 CANNON Class Destroyer Escorts were built for the Free French Navy.  Three of the DEs were named by the US Navy and these ship names were transferred to other US Navy DEs after the ship was transferred to the French Navy.  Thus, the DE name was used a second time with another hull number.

After WW II, some DEs supplied under Lend-Lease were permanently transferred (PT) by the US Navy to the foreign country under the Mutual Defense Assistance Program.

Read President Franklin D. Roosevelt's address at the Washington Navy Yard transferring SÉNÉGALAIS To France.
 

Hull Number Keel Laid Launched Commissioned Transfer Date and Ship Name
DE 106
Named
USS Corbesier until 24 Sep 1943;
Name transferred to DE 438
24 Apr 1943 11 Nov 1943 2 Jan 1943 To France 2 Jan 1944
Renamed SÉNÉGALAIS
PT To France 21 Apr 1952
Renamed YSER
Returned to USN May 1964
Stricken 1965
sold for scrap 18 Oct 1965
DE 107
USS Cronin
Commissioned
22 Jan 1944
Name transferred to DE 704
13 May 1943 27 Nov 1943 23 Jan 1944 To France 23 Jan 1944
Renamed ALGÉRIEN
PT To France 21 Apr 1952
Renamed OISE
Returned to USN May 1964
Stricken 1965
sold for scrap 11 Nov 1965
DE 108
USS Crosley
Commissioned
10 Feb 1944
Name transferred to DE 226
23 Jun 1943 17 Dec 1943 11 Feb 1944 To France 11 Feb 1944
Renamed TUNISIEN
PT To France 21 Apr 1952
Returned to USN May 1964
scrapped   Photo
DE 109
Unnamed
7 Sep 1943 1 Jan 1944 29 Feb 1944 To France 29 Feb 1944
Named MAROCAIN
Returned to USN May 1964
scrapped
DE 110
Unnamed
25 Sep 1943 22 Jan 1944 18 Mar 1944 To France 18 Mar 1944
Named HOVA
Returned to USN May 1964
scrapped
DE 111
Unnamed
23 Oct 1943 12 Feb 1944 9 Apr 1944 To France 9 Apr 1944
Named SOMALI
Disarmed 1956 and became
experimental vessel and
renumbered A-607.
Renamed ARAGO in 1968

Sources:  DANFS 1969 reprint with corrections, CONWAY 1922-46 and CONWAY 1947-95

Much gratitude is owed to Anne McCarthy and Pat Perrella, USS Slater volunteer, for their research and devotion to keeping alive the memories of the Destroyer Escort.
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