French frigate Marocain

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Port side view of Free French Destroyer Escort Marocain (F-705).
Port side view of Free French Destroyer Escort Marocain (F-705).
History
United States
Name: USS Marocain (DE-109)
Builder: Dravo Corporation, Wilmington, Delaware
Laid down: 7 September 1943
Launched: 1 January 1944
Commissioned: 29 February 1944
Fate: Transferred to Free France, 29 February 1944
Struck: 14 May 1952
History
Free France
Name: Marocain (F-705)
Namesake: Moroccan
Acquired: 29 February 1944
History
France
Name: Marocain (F-705)
Acquired: 14 October 1946
Struck: 1960
Fate: Returned to USN May 1964
General characteristics [1]
Class and 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:

Marocain, 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 Marocain (DE-109), an American Cannon-class destroyer escort.

History[edit]

World War II[edit]

During World War II, Marocain was transferred to the Free French Naval Forces under lend lease on 29 February 1944, and retained the name Marocain.

Marocain 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.

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "ex-Marocain (DE 109)". Navsource.org. Retrieved 23 April 2015.
  2. ^ "MAROCAIN - destroyer d'escorte - Classe "CANNON (États Unis d'Amérique)"". Alamer.fr. Retrieved 25 April 2015.

External links[edit]

  • Photo gallery of 'Marocain/Marocain' (DE-109) at NavSource Naval History