USS Clarence L. Evans

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Destroyer Escort USS Clanence (DE-113)
Destroyer Escort USS Clanence L. Evans(DE-113)
United States
Name: USS Clarence L. Evans (DE-113)
Namesake: Clarence Lee Evans
Builder: Dravo Corporation, Wilmington, Delaware
Laid down: 23 December 1943
Launched: 22 March 1944
Commissioned: 25 June 1944
Decommissioned: 29 May 1947
Struck: 18 April 1952
Fate: Transferred to France, 29 March 1952
French Frigate Berbere(F723)
French Frigate Berbère(F723)
Name: Berbère (F723)
Namesake: Berbers
Acquired: 29 March 1952
Struck: 1960
Fate: Scrapped
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: 11 ft 8 in (3.56 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

USS Clarence L. Evans (DE-113) was a Cannon-class destroyer escort built for the United States Navy during World War II. She served in the Atlantic Ocean and provided escort service against submarine and air attack for Navy vessels and convoys.[2] She was launched on 22 March 1944 by Dravo Corporation, Wilmington, Delaware, sponsored by Mrs. E. E. Evans; commissioned on 25 June 1944, Lieutenant Commander W. C. Hughes, USNR, in command; and reported to the Atlantic Fleet.


World War II North Atlantic operations[edit]

Clarence L. Evans reported at Norfolk, Virginia, on 2 September 1944 for duty in training precommissioning crews of other escort vessels. Here she conducted tests of newly developed 3-inch ammunition and acoustic torpedo defense equipment.

On 19 October she cleared Norfolk, Virginia, for the first of five convoy crossings from New York City to Glasgow, Southampton, Plymouth, and Le Havre. These trips, which averaged about 30 days for each voyage, were alternated with training duties at New London, Connecticut, or Casco Bay.

On 29 May 1945, Clarence L. Evans put into Brooklyn for overhaul until 22 June. She then reported to Naval Air Station Quonset Point for duty as plane guard during carrier qualification exercises. She cleared Narragansett Bay on 17 August for Miami, Florida, assumed plane guard duty until 2 October, then cleared for Brooklyn, New York, and overhaul.

Post-war decommissioning[edit]

Clarence L. Evans reported to Green Cove Springs, Florida, on 10 November, where she was placed out of commission in reserve on 29 May 1947. She was lent to France under the Military Assistance Program on 29 March 1952.[2] The ship was given the name Berbère by the French Navy and bore the Pennant number F 723.[3] Berbère was stricken in 1960.[4]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "USS Clarence L. Evans (DE 113)". Navsource. Retrieved 25 April 2015.
  2. ^ a b "Clarence L. Evans (DE-113)". Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships. Navy Department, Naval History and Heritage Command.
  3. ^ Gardiner & Chumbley 1995, p. 116
  4. ^ Blackman 1960, p. 1960
  • Blackman, Raymond V. B. (1960). Jane's Fighting Ships 1960–61. London: Sampson Low, Marson & Co., Ltd.
  • Gardiner, Robert; Chumbley, Stephen, eds. (1995). Conway's All the World's Fighting Ships 1947–1995. Annapolis, Maryland, USA: Naval Institute Press. ISBN 1-55750-132-7.

External links[edit]

  • Photo gallery of USS Clarence L. Evans (DE-113) at NavSource Naval History