The Destroyer Escorts
The destroyer escort class of ship came into existence as a less expensive ocean escort against the submarine threat. When opportunity provided, the destroyer escort could itself fulfill the mission of the destroyer by attacking surface ships with guns and torpedoes and serving as scout ships of the fleet. No better example of this attack capability can be given than that of the Battle of Samar. (See the Bookreview section for “Tempest, Fire and Foe: Destroyer Escorts in World War II and the Men Who Manned Them.”)
In 1975 all Destroyer Escorts then in commission were redesignated Frigates (FF) and the type name “DE” was discontinued by the US Navy.
For information on current destroyer types please browse the pages of :Navy OnLine or World Navies Today