This is a list of destroyer escorts
of the United States Navy
both by hull number and by name. It includes the hull classification symbols
(both Destroyer Escort and Ocean Escort), DEG, and DER.
Lend-lease Act was passed into law in
the USA in March 1941 enabling the United Kingdom to procure merchant ships, warships and munitions
etc from the USA, in order to help with the war effort.
enabled the UK to commission the USA to design, build and supply an
escort vessel that was suitable for anti submarine warfare in deep
open ocean situations, which they did in June 1941. Captain E.L.
Cochrane of the American
Bureau of Shipping
came up with a design which was known as the
British Destroyer Escort
(BDE). The BDE designation was retained by the first six Destroyer
Escorts transferred to the United Kingdom ( BDE 1, 2, 3, 4, 12 and
46); of the initial order of 50 these were the only ones the
received, the rest being
reclassified as Destroyer Escort (DE) on January 25, 1943 and taken
over by the United States
, ships that were classified DE or DEG
as FF or FFG (frigates
). This affected hull
numbers DE-1037 and higher as well as all DEGs.
See List of
frigates of the United States Navy
Guided Missile Destroyer Escort
Radar Picket Destroyer Escort