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ex-Crosley (DE 108)
FN Tunisien F-6

Class: Cannon
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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    DE 108 269k 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 National Archives)

    Mike Green
    Port Angeles, Wash.
    DE 108 138k
    DE 108 254k
    DE 108 38k circa 1954 Bob Hurst
    Worksop, Nottinghamshire,
    England, United Kingdom
    DE 108 38k 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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