Two units of the JOHN C BUTLER class and 34 units of the EDSALL class were converted to DER DEW line pickets starting in 1954. There also were seven BUCKLEY class units converted to DERs late WWII, that served briefly post-WWII, but ironically were not upgraded to the post-WWII DEW line picket ship configuration that the EDSALL class conversions were modified to. The EDSALL class was chosen because of their greater fuel economy. The APD's were converted from the BUCKLEY and RUDDEROW classes. Survivors were reclassified as LPR's in 1955.
Four APD's were given a FRAM refit and served until 1969-70.
: I think the navy got it's money out of the APD
: program. In the 1950's a number of APD's
: were converted to the DER (Destroyer Escort
: Radar -Long Range Radar) program and were
: used in to the late 1960's. Also a number
: APD's were given to foreign countries and
: operated until the late 1980's.
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: Was rereading the Squadron book on destroyer
: escorts particularly the section on APDs.
: 95 DEs converted plus 30 some odd four
: pipers. Quite a sizable group but as I
: think back on all the reading Iíve done on
: the USN in the Pacific I donít recall much
: or even any mention of the APDs. Nor do I
: recall much photo evidence.
: So, was the APD program a dead end? Wasted
: effort? Any APD experts out there?