Photo #: S-511-62
"300' DE Class Conversion to Bombardment Ship or Anti-Aircraft Ship"
Preliminary design plan prepared during consideration of different roles for steam-powered escort ships (DE), of which more ships were being constructed than necessary to meet current anti-submarine escort requirements.
This plan, dated 7 September 1943 with an additional note of 25 October 1943, depicts two different configurations: A "Bombardment Ship" with five 5"/25 low-angle guns ("submarine type") and a pair of 40mm twin anti-aircraft gun mounts; and an "Anti-Aircraft Ship" with three 5"/38 guns and three 40mm twin anti-aircraft gun mounts. Though an improved version of the latter was approved for both roles, no ships were completed or converted for these purposes.
Scale of the original drawings is 1/16" = 1'.
The original plan is in the 1939-1944 "Spring Styles Book" held by the Naval Historical Center.
U.S. Naval Historical Center Photograph.
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Image posted 11 March 2005