French frigate Oise

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For other ships of the same name, see USS Cronin.
Port side view of Free French Destroyer Escort Algerien (F701).
Port side view of Free French Destroyer Escort Algerien (F701).
Career (United States)
Name: Cronin
Namesake: Cornelius Cronin
Builder: Dravo Corporation, Wilmington, Delaware
Laid down: 13 May 1943
Launched: 27 November 1943
Fate: Transferred to France, 23 January 1944
Struck: 14 May 1952
Career (Free France)
Name: Algerien
Namesake: Algerian people
Acquired: 23 January 1944
Reclassified: F701
Career (France)
Name: Algerien
Acquired: 14 October 1946
Decommissioned: Returned to US Navy May 1964
Renamed: Oise, for Oise, August 1962
Reclassified: F701
Struck: May 1965
Fate: Sold for scrapping, November 1965
General characteristics [1]
Class and 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

Oise, originally named Algérien, 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 Cronin (DE-107), an American Cannon-class destroyer escort named for Cornelius Cronin, a sailor who was awarded the Medal of Honor during the American Civil War.


World War II[edit]

During World War II, the Cronin was transferred to the Free French Naval Forces under lend lease on 23 January 1944, and renamed Algérien.

Algérien 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. She was renamed Oise shortly before being transferred back to the US Navy.


  1. ^ "Cronin (DE-107) M.N. Algerien (F-1)". Retrieved April 25, 2015. 
  2. ^ "ALGÉRIEN - destroyer d'escorte - Classe "CANNON (États Unis d'Amérique)"". Retrieved April 25, 2015. 

External links[edit]

  • Photo gallery of Oise/Algérien/Cronin'' (DE-107) at NavSource Naval History