French frigate Algérien

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Free French Destroyer Escort Algerien (F701).jpg
Port side view of Free French destroyer escort Algérien.
United States
Name: Cronin
Namesake: Cornelius Cronin
Builder: Dravo Corporation, Wilmington, Delaware
Laid down: 13 May 1943
Launched: 27 November 1943
Fate: Transferred to France, 23 January 1944
Struck: 14 May 1952
Free France
Name: Algérien
Namesake: Algerian people
Acquired: 23 January 1944
Reclassified: F701
Name: Algérien
Acquired: 14 October 1946
Decommissioned: Returned to US Navy May 1964
Renamed: Oise, for Oise, August 1962
Reclassified: F701
Struck: May 1965
Fate: Sold for scrapping, November 1965
General characteristics [1]
Class and type: Cannon-class destroyer escort
  • 1,240 long tons (1,260 t) standard
  • 1,620 long tons (1,646 t) full
  • 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

Algérien was a Cannon-class destroyer escort originally named USS Cronin (DE-107) after Cornelius Cronin, a sailor who was awarded the Medal of Honor during the American Civil War. She was transferred to the Free French Naval Forces in 1944 and became part of the French Navy post-war. She was rated as a frigate in French service. She was renamed Oise in 1962 and scrapped in 1965.


World War II[edit]

During World War II, Cronin was transferred to the Free French Naval Forces under lend lease on 23 January 1944, and renamed Algérien.

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

Ownership of the vessel was transferred to France on 21 April 1952 under the Mutual Defense Assistance Program. She was renamed Oise shortly before being transferred back to the US Navy.

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Cronin (DE-107) M.N. Algerien (F-1)". Retrieved 25 April 2015.
  2. ^ "ALGÉRIEN - destroyer d'escorte - Classe "CANNON (États Unis d'Amérique)"". Retrieved 25 April 2015.

External links[edit]

  • Photo gallery of Oise/Algérien/Cronin'' (DE-107) at NavSource Naval History