French frigate Oise

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For other ships with the same name, see USS Cronin.
Port side view of Free French Destroyer Escort Algerien (F701).
Port side view of Free French destroyer escort Algérien.
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
Free France
Name: Algérien
Namesake: Algerian people
Acquired: 23 January 1944
Reclassified: F701
Name: Algérien
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
  • 1,240 long tons (1,260 t) standard
  • 1,620 long tons (1,646 t) full
  • 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

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, 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.

See also[edit]


  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