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Re: DE vs. DDE
Posted by Lars Scharff on August 1, 2018, 4:49:30, in reply to "Re: DE vs. DDE
Classifications of certain ship type by a navy and the a more general description of a ship type could be often result in misunderstandings. E.g. German World War I destroyers were classified as "Große Torpedoboote", large torpedo boats. But for sure they were not comparable to existing torpedo boats from another navies, but to existing destroyers. The French navy had after the First World War a large series of ships classified contre-torpilleurs (destroyers), which were much larger than destroyers of other navies. The real destroyers of the French navy were classified as torpilleurs - which is torpedo boat... Similar confusion exists in regard what is today a frigate, destroyer and cruiser - there is no definition fitting to the classifications for at least a major part of all navies today.
The DDE was the idea to rebuilt old destroyers to obtain cheap escorts - similar to the concept of the DE. For sure the way to get there was different. The capabilities of the DDE were similar to (then) new DE.
It is interesting that in 1989 no new frigates were built, because older destroyer were expected be used as escorts. I had read that a major element to built the OHP class was the too low number of Spruance class destroyer built. For sure after the cold war the need for convoy escorts was very low, it was not expected that any time soon many would be needed.
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