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CLASS: Edsall TYPE: FMR (geared diesel, Fairbanks-Morse reverse gear drive, 3" guns)

Displacement: 1,200 tons (std) 1,590 tons (full)

Dimensions: 306' (oa), 300' (wl) x 36' 10" x 12' 3" (max)

Armament: 3 x 3"/50 Mk22 (1x3), 1 twin 40mm Mk1 AA, 8 x 20mm Mk 4 AA, 3 x 21" Mk15 TT (3x1), 1 Hedgehog Projector Mk10 (144 rounds), 8 Mk6 depth charge projectors, 2 Mk9 depth charge tracks.

Machinery: 4 Fairbanks-Morse Mod. 38d81/8 geared diesel engines, 4 diesel-generators, 6000 shp, 2 screws.

Speed: 21 knots.

Range: 9,100 nm @ 12 knots.

Crew: 8 / 201

After shakedown out of Bermuda, HILL tested new torpedo explosives and engaged in training along the New England coast. Departing Hampton Roads 5 December, HILL escorted a convoy to Casablanca via Ponta del Gada, Azores, and returned to the States 18 January 1944.

During the next year, the destroyer escort made four more transatlantic voyages to the North African coast as Allied forces pushed up the Italian peninsula and began their assault on southern France. On her fourth voyage, DE 141 Hill performed antisubmarine patrol at Bahia, Brazil, and Cape Town, South Africa.


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