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USS Crosley (DE-108)
Port side view of French Frigate Tunisien (F706).
Port side view of French Frigate (F706).
Career (United States)
Name: USS Crosley (DE-108)
Namesake: Rear Admiral Walter Selywn Crosley
Builder: Dravo Corporation, Wilmington, Delaware
Laid down: 23 June 1943
Launched: 17 December 1943
Commissioned: 10 February 1944
Fate: Transferred to Free France, 11 February 1944
Struck: 14 May 1952
Career (France)
Name: Tunisien (T23)
Namesake: Tunisian
Acquired: 12 February 1944
Career (France)
Name: Tunisien (T53)
Namesake: Tunisian
Acquired: 14 October 1945
Reclassified: Tunisien (F06)
Tunisien (F706)
Fate: Returned to the US Navy in May 1964
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

Tunisien, 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 Crosley (DE-108), an American Cannon-class destroyer escort named for Rear Admiral Walter Selywn Crosley.


World War II

During World War II, Crosley was transferred to the Free French Naval Forces under lend lease on 12 February 1944, and renamed Tunisien. Ownership of the vessel was transferred to France on 21 April 1952 under the Mutual Defense Assistance Program.

Tunisien participated in Operation Anvil-Dragoon on 15 August 1944.[2]

Algerian War

Tunisien participated in the Algerian War in 1956.[3]


External links

  • Photo gallery of 'Tunisien/Crosley (DE-108) at NavSource Naval History

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