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Edsall-class destroyer escort
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USS Edsall (DE-129)
Class overview
Name: Edsall class destroyer escort
Builders: Consolidated Steel Corporation, Orange, Texas
Brown Shipbuilding, Houston, Texas
Operators:  United States Navy
 United States Coast Guard
 Mexican Navy
 Philippine Navy
 Tunisia Navy
 Republic of Vietnam Navy
 Vietnamese People's Navy
Preceded by: Cannon class destroyer escort
Succeeded by: Rudderow class destroyer escort
Planned: 85
Completed: 85
Active: 1
Laid up: 0
Lost: 5
Retired: 84
Scrapped: 75
Preserved: 1
General characteristics
Type: Destroyer Escort
Displacement: 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 diesels, 6,000 bhp
Speed: 21 knots
Range: 10,800 nautical miles (20,000 km) at 12 knots (22 km/h)
Complement: 186

The Edsall class destroyer escorts were built primarily for ocean anti-submarine escort service during World War II. The lead ship, USS Edsall (DE-129) 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 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 DE 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" guns with 5" guns but only USS Camp (DE-251) was refitted (after a collision). In total, all 85 were completed by three shipbuilding companies: Beth Staten Island (47), Consolidated Orange (18), and Houston (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

A total of 85 Edsall class destroyer escorts were built.

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

Fate of Ships

Destroyed or damaged in combat

Transferred to US Coast Guard from 1951 to 1954

Transferred to other countries

Notable ships of class


  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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