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USS Corbesier (DE-106)
Career (United States)
Name: USS Corbesier
Namesake: Cornelius Cronin
Builder: Dravo Corporation, Wilmington, Delaware
Laid down: 24 April 1943
Launched: 11 November 1943
Fate: Transferred to Free France, 2 January 1944
Struck: 14 May 1952
Career (France)
Name: Sénégalais (T-22)
Namesake: Senegal
Acquired: 2 January 1944
Career (France)
Name: Sénégalais (F-02)
Namesake: Senegal
Acquired: 14 October 1946
Renamed: Yser (F-702) August 1962
Struck: May 1965
Fate: 1965 sold for scrap to Walter Ritscher, Hamburg
General characteristics [1]
Class & type: Cannon-class destroyer escort
Displacement: 1,240 long tons (1,260 t) standard
1,620 long tons (1,646 t) full
Length: 306 ft (93 m) o/a
300 ft (91 m) w/l
Beam: 36 ft 10 in (11.23 m)
Draft: 8 ft 9 in (2.67 m)
Propulsion: 4 × GM Mod. 16-278A diesel engines with electric drive, 6,000 shp (4,474 kW), 2 screws
Speed: 21 knots (39 km/h; 24 mph)
Range: 10,800 nmi (20,000 km) at 12 kn (22 km/h; 14 mph)
Complement: 15 officers and 201 enlisted
Armament: 3 × single Mk.22 3"/50 caliber guns
1 × twin 40 mm Mk.1 AA gun
8 × 20 mm Mk.4 AA guns
3 × 21 in (533 mm) torpedo tubes
1 × Hedgehog Mk.10 anti-submarine mortar
8 × Mk.6 depth charge projectors
2 × Mk.9 depth charge tracks

Yser, originally named Sénégalais, was a frigate in the Free French Naval Forces during World War II and the French Navy post-war. The ship was originally built as USS Corbesier (DE-106), an American Cannon-class destroyer escort named for Antoine Joseph Corbesier, for more than 40 years he was the beloved swordmaster of the U.S. Naval Academy Midshipmen.


During World War II, Corbesier was transferred to the Free French Naval Forces under lend lease on 2 January 1944, and renamed Sénégalais. Ownership of the vessel was transferred to France on 21 April 1952 under the Mutual Defense Assistance Program. She was renamed Yser about that same time. In the night on 2/3 May 1944, U-371 was spotted recharging her batteries on the surface off Djidjelli on the Algerian coast. The area was swamped with six escorts from the convoy GUS-38 and three aircraft squadrons. At 01.18 hours on 3 May, the U-boat managed to damage Menges with a Gnat in the stern. The other vessels hunted the U-boat until the early morning of 4 May when Fenksi had to surface his boat and save his crew, but at 04.04 hours he still fought back and also damaged the FFL Sénégalais (T 22) with a Gnat before scuttling the U-boat.[2]


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