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USS Marocain (DE-109)
Port side view of Free French Destroyer Escort Marocain (F-705).
Port side view of Free French Destroyer Escort Marocain (F-705).
Career (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
Career (Free France)
Name: Marocain (F-705)
Namesake: Moroccan
Acquired: 29 February 1944
Career (France)
Name: Marocain (F-705)
Acquired: 14 October 1946
Struck: 1960
Fate: Returned to USN May 1964
General characteristics [1]
Class & 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: 3 × single Mk.22 3"/50 caliber guns
1 × twin 40 mm Mk.1 AA gun
8 × 20 mm Mk.4 AA guns
3 × 21 in (533 mm) torpedo tubes
1 × Hedgehog Mk.10 anti-submarine mortar
8 × Mk.6 depth charge projectors
2 × Mk.9 depth charge tracks

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 | edit source]

World War II[edit | edit source]

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.

References[edit | edit source]

External links[edit | edit source]

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


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