Ocean Escorts were an evolution of the World War II destroyer escort types. They were intended as convoy escorts and were designed for mobilization production in wartime or low-cost mass production in peacetime. Their hull classification symbol was DE, a carryover from WWII era when the vessels were classified as Destroyer Escorts. DEs were ASW vessels; DEGs were AAW vessels with the short-range Tartar guided missile.
The Ocean Escort type corresponded to other nations' frigates (convoy escorts).
The 1975 ship reclassification changed the Ocean Escorts (DE/DEG) to Frigates (FF/FFG) to be in line with other nations' classifications.
The US Navy intends to replace all existing frigates with the littoral combat ship.
|This page uses Creative Commons Licensed content from Wikipedia (view authors).|