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The destroyer escort class of ship came into existence as a less expensive ocean escort against the submarine threat. When opportunity provided, the destroyer escort could itself fulfill the mission of the destroyer by attacking surface ships with guns and torpedoes and serving as scout ships of the fleet. In 1975 all Destroyer Escorts then in commission were redesignated Frigates (FF) and the type name "DE" was discontinued by the US Navy.

The USS HOLT was a Rudderow class Destroyer Escort. These are the specifications for the Rudderow class:

  • Displacement: 1,450 tons standard (2,230 tons full load)
  • Length: 306' (oa) x 36' 10" x 13' 9" (Max)
  • Speed: 24 knots
  • Crew: 12 Officers, between 192 and 200 Enlisted
  • Armament:
    • Primary
      • (2) 5 inch 38 caliber
    • Secondary
      • (2) twin 40mm mounts
      • (10) 20mm
    • Torpedo tubes
      • (3) 21 inch torpedo tubes
    • Antisubmarine warfare
      • (2) depth charge tracks
      • (8) single depth charge projectors
      • (1) multiple depth charge projector (Hedgehog type)
  • Machinery: General Electric geared turbines Turbo-electric propusion. 2 shafts S.H.P.: 12,000=24 knots
  • Boilers: 2 water tube. Combustion Engineering.
  • Oil fuel: 378 tons
  • Radius: 5,000 miles at 15 knots.

Summary of USS HOLT

  • Laid down by Defoe Shipbuilding, Bay City Mich. on November 28, 1943
  • Launched February 15, 1944
  • Commissioned June 9, 1944
  • Decommissioned July 2, 1946
  • Recommissioned as Republic of Korea ship Chung Nam (DE 73) and loaned to South Korea June 19, 1963
  • Stricken November 15, 1974
  • Purchased outright by South Korea on November 15, 1974
  • Stricken and broken up in 1984
USS Rudderow Destroyer Escorts
Name Built by Launched Completed
DE 224 RUDDEROW Philadelphia Navy Yard October 14, 1943 May 15, 1944
DE 225 DAY Philadelphia Navy Yard October 14, 1943 June 10, 1944
DE 230 CHAFFEE Charleston Navy Yard November 27, 1943 May 9, 1944
DE 231 HODGES Charleston Navy Yard December 9, 1943 May 27, 1944
DE 579 RILEY Bethlehem-Hingham December 29, 1943 March 13, 1944
DE 580 Leslie L.B. Knox Bethlehem-Hingham January 8, 1944 March 22, 1944
DE 581 McNulty Bethlehem-Hingham January 8, 1944 March 31, 1944
DE 582 METIVIER Bethlehem-Hingham January 12, 1944 April 7, 1944
DE 583 George A. Johnson Bethlehem-Hingham January 21, 1944 April 15, 1944
DE 584 Charles J. Kimmel Bethlehem-Hingham January 15, 1944 April 20, 1944
DE 585 Daniel A. Joy Bethlehem-Hingham January 15, 1944 March 28, 1944
DE 586 LOUGH Bethlehem-Hingham January 22, 1944 May 2, 1944
DE 587 Thomas F. Nickel Bethlehem-Hingham January 22, 1944 June 9, 1944
DE 588 PEIFFER Bethlehem-Hingham January 26, 1944 June 15, 1944
DE 589 TINSMAN Bethlehem-Hingham January 22, 1944 May 2, 1944
DE 684 DE LONG Bethlehem, Quincy November 23, 1943 December 31, 1943
DE 685 COATES Bethlehem, Quincy December 9, 1943 January 24, 1944
DE 686 Eugene E. Elmore Bethlehem, Quincy December 23, 1943 February 4, 1944
DE 706 HOLT Defoe Co., Bay City February 15, 1944 June 9, 1944
DE 707 JOBB Defoe Co., Bay City March 4, 1944 July 4, 1944
DE 708 PARLE Defoe Co., Bay City March 25, 1944 July 29, 1944
DE 709 BRAY Defoe Co., Bay City April 15, 1944 September 4, 1944