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Oliver Hazard Perry

Destroyer Escorts and Frigates

Known as "corvettes" or "destroyer escorts" in the WW II era, modern Frigates were built in large numbers to counter the Soviet submarine threat.  These highly specialized ships proved quite capable in anti-submarine warfare, and several carried weapons systems that allowed them to become effective anti-ship combatants. 

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Commemorative  Drawing of the USS Samuel B. Roberts DE 413 by George Bieda

Commemorative drawing of the USS Samuel B. Roberts DE 413 by George BiedaThis print commemorates the efforts of the USS Samuel B. Roberts DE 413 and the crew that manned her during the Battle Off Samar.  On October 25, 1944, USS Samuel B. Roberts DE-413 was part of a light force of destroyers, destroyer escorts, and escort carriers (Taffy III) protecting the amphibious assault fleet off Samar Island in the Philippines during the invasion of the large island of Leyte. Shortly after dawn, the Japanese Center Force ó a 23-ship task force suddenly appeared on the horizon and opened fire. At 07:35, ROBERTS turned and headed toward the battle. Though heavily out gunned by the much larger Japanese ships, the commanding officer, Copeland, ordered a torpedo attack against the heavy cruiser CHOKAI. His words to the crew were "We're making a torpedo run. The outcome is doubtful, but we will do our duty." With smoke as cover, ROBERTS steamed to within 2.5 miles of CHOKAI, coming under fire from the cruiser's forward 8 in guns. Once within torpedo range, she launched three MARK 15 torpedoes, one of which blew off CHOKAIíS bow. ROBERTS then fought with the Japanese ships for a further hour, firing more than six hundred 5 in. shells while maneuvering at very close range. She mauled CHOKAIíS superstructure with her 40 mm and 20 mm anti-aircraft guns. At 08:51, the Japanese landed two hits, the second of which destroyed the aft gun turret, commanded by Gunner's mate Paul H. Carr. Carr was found dying at his station, begging for help loading the last round he was holding into the breech. He was awarded a Silver Star for his actions, and a the guided missile frigate USS Paul H. Carr FFG 52 was later named for him.
Continuing with the fight, ROBERTS set the bridge of the heavy cruiser CHIKUMA on fire, and destroyed her Number Three gun turret before being hit by three 14 in shells from the battleship KONGO. The shells tore a hole 40 ft. long and 10 ft. wide in the port side of her second engine room. . At 09:35, the order was given to abandon ship. She sank 30 minutes later, with 89 of her sailors. The 120 survivors of the crew clung to three life rafts for 50 hours before being rescued. You can click on the thumbnail image for a larger view, then click your browser's BACK button to return here.

USS Samuel B. Roberts Commemorative Profile Drawing
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Profile drawing of the USS Julius Furer DEG 6  by George BiedaShown here is the USS Julius A. Furer (DEG-6), the last of the Brooke class, before she was re-classified as a guided-missile frigate (FFG).  Click on the thumbnail for a larger view, then click your browser's BACK button to return here.  Be sure to select a specific ship and print options when ordering!

The Brooke Class Guided Missile Frigates
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Profile drawing of the USS Roark FF 1053 by George BiedaShown here is the USS Roark (FF-1053), in her post-Vietnam configuration and already re-classified as a Fast Frigate (FF).  Click on the thumbnail image for a larger view, then click on your browser's BACK button to return here.  Be sure to select a ship and print options when ordering!

The Knox Class Frigates
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Garcia Class Destroyer Escorts/Fast Frigates

There were 10 ships built as Destroyer Escorts in this ship class with a final ship, USS Glover, built as a research ship.  These ships were commissioned between 1964 - 1968, and remained in service until 1988 - 1990.  The 10 original ships were reclassified Fast Frigates (FF) in 1975.  The designation of USS Glover was not changed to FF until 1979.  Shown below are 3 examples of the Garcia Class in their original designation, and 2 as Fast Frigates.  We can produce drawings of any of these ships at any point in their lives.  Click on the thumbnail image for a larger view, then click your browser's BACK button to return here.  Be sure to select a ship and framing options when ordering!

Profile drawing of the USS Garcia DE 1040 by George Bieda Profile drawing of the USS Brumby DE 1044 by George Bieda Profile drawing of the USS Koelsch DE 1049 by George Bieda
USS Garcia DE 1040 USS Brumby DE 1044 USS Koelsch DE 1049
Profile drawing of the USS Koelsch FF 1049 by George Bieda Profile drawing of the USS Albert David FF 1050 by George Bieda
USS Koelsch FF 1049 USS Albert David FF 1050

The Garcia Class Frigates
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Profile drawing of the USS Cromwell DE 1014 by George BiedaShown here is a profile drawing of the USS Cromwell (DE-1014).  Click on the thumbnail image for a larger view, then click your browser's BACK button to return here.  Be sure to select a specific ship and print options when ordering!

The Dealey Class Destroyer Escorts
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Profile drawing of the USS McCloy DE 1038 by George BiedaShown here is the USS McCloy (DE-1038) as she was configured in the mid-1960s.  Click on the thumbnail image for a larger view, then click your browser's BACK button to return here.  Be sure to select a ship and framing options when ordering!

The Bronstein Class Destroyer Escorts
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Profile drawing of the USS Charles Berry DE 1035 by George BiedaShown here is the USS Charles Berry (DE-1035).  Click on the thumbnail image for a larger view, then click your browser's BACK button to return here.  Be sure to select a ship and framing options when ordering!

The Claud Jones Class Destroyer Escorts
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Profile drawing of the USS Naifeh DE 352 by George BiedaShown here is the USS Naifeh (DE-352).  Click on the thumbnail image for a larger view, then click your browser's BACK button to return here.  Be sure to select a specific ship and framing options when ordering!

The John C. Butler Class Destroyer Escorts
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The Rudderow Class Destroyer Escorts
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Profile drawing of the USS Finch DER 328 by George BiedaShow here is the USS Finch (DER-328), an Edsall class destroyer escort, after she was recommissioned as a DER.  Click on the the thumbnail image to see a larger view, then click your browser's BACK button to return here.  Be sure to choose a ship and print options when ordering!

The Edsall Class Destroyer Escorts
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Profile drawing of the USS Earl K. Olsen DE 765 by George BiedaShown here is the USS Earl K. Olsen (DE-765), one of the last Cannon class destroyer escorts to be built.  This is how she was configured in 1944.  Click on the thumbnail image for a larger view, then click your browser's BACK button to return here.  Be sure to select a ship and framing options when ordering!

The Cannon Class Destroyer Escorts
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The Buckley Class Destroyer Escorts
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Profile drawing of the USS Wyffels DE 6 by George BiedaShown here is the USS Wyffels (DE-6), one of the earlier Evarts class destroyer escorts built during World War II.  Several from this class were part of the Lend-Lease program with Great Britain.

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The Evarts Class Destroyer Escorts
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