USS Clarence L. Evans
Destroyer Escort USS Clanence L. Evans(DE-113)
|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 Berbère(F723)
|Acquired:||29 March 1952|
|General characteristics |
|Class and type:||Cannon-class destroyer escort|
|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. 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
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.
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. The ship was given the name Berbère by the French Navy and bore the Pennant number F 723. Berbère was stricken in 1960.
- This article incorporates text from the public domain Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships. The entry can be found here.
- 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.
- Photo gallery of USS Clarence L. Evans (DE-113) at NavSource Naval History