French frigate Somali
Destroyer d'escorte Somali (T53)
|Name:||USS Somali (DE-111)|
|Builder:||Dravo Corporation, Wilmington, Delaware|
|Laid down:||23 October 1943|
|Launched:||12 February 1944|
|Fate:||Transferred to Free France, 9 April 1944|
|Struck:||14 May 1952|
|Name:||FFL Somali (T-53)|
|Acquired:||9 April 1944|
|Acquired:||14 October 1946|
|Renamed:||Arago (A-607), for Jacques Arago, 1968|
|Fate:||31 August 1972 Returned to the United States of America|
|General characteristics |
|Class and type:||Cannon-class destroyer escort|
|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|
Somali, 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 Somali (DE-111), an American Cannon-class destroyer escort.
World War II
During World War II, Somali was transferred to the Free French Naval Forces under lend lease on 9 April 1944, and retained the name Somali. Ownership of the vessel was transferred to France on 21 April 1952 under the Mutual Defense Assistance Program.
First Indochina War
In August 1945, Somali arrived in French Indochina to help in the area. Somali was sent to Nhabe, Soirap, Vaico and Bing Trung. Somali also visited Saigon and Singapore to help restore French rule in these areas. On 25 January 1946, Somali participated in Operation Gaur.
In 1956 Somali was disarmed and used as an experimental ship with the hull number changed to A607. On 1 January 1968 Somali was renamed Arago.
- Photo gallery of 'Arago (A-607)/Somali (F-703)/Somali' (DE-111) at NavSource Naval History
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