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ex-Crosley (DE 108)
FN Tunisien F-6
Type: DET (diesel-electric tandem motor drive, long hull, 3" guns)
Displacement: 1240 tons (light), 1620 tons (full)
Length: 300' (wl), 306' (oa)
Beam: 36' 10" (extreme)
Draft: 10' 6" (draft limit)
Propulsion: 4 GM Mod. 16-278A diesel engines with electric drive, 6000 shp, 2 screws
Speed: 21 kts
Range: 10,800 nm @ 12 knots
Armament: 3 x 3"/50 Mk22 (1x3), 2 40mm AA, 10 x 20mm AA, 3 x 21" Mk15 TT (3x1), 1 Hedgehog Projector Mk10 (144 rounds), 8 Mk6 depth charge projectors, 2 Mk9 depth charge tracks
Complement: 15 / 201
Tunisien (DE 108) Building and Operational Data:
23 June 1943: Keel laid by the Dravo Corp., Wilmington, Del.
17 December 1943: Launched
11 February 1944: Transferred under lend/lease to Free France as Tunisien (T23), (never commisssioned in USN)
14 October 1946: Ownership transferred to the French Navy
.. .... 1948: designation changed to Somali (F06)
.. .... 1951: designation changed to Somali (F706)
21 April 1952: struck from the NVR, given to France under the Mutual Defense Assistance Program
.. May 1964: returned to U.S. custody, scrapped
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||18 April 1944: the Delaware River - Three views of the French frigate FNS Tunisien (T-23) off the Philadelphia Navy Yard.
(U.S. Navy Photo #19-N-65942, 19-N-65940 A, and 19-N-65941 from the United States
Port Angeles, Wash.
England, United Kingdom
||24 November 1956: location unknown
(U.S. Navy Photo)
View the FN Tunisien (T-23 / ex-DE 108) DANFS history entry located
on the Naval History and Heritage Command web site.
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