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destroyer escort

n.
A warship, usually smaller than a destroyer, used in antisubmarine action.

destroyer escort

n
(Military) a lightly armed warship smaller than a destroyer, designed to escort fleets or convoys

destroy′er es`cort


n.
a warship somewhat smaller than a destroyer, designed esp. for antisubmarine action.
[1940–45]
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Noun1.destroyer escort - warship smaller than a destroyerdestroyer escort - warship smaller than a destroyer; designed to escort fleets or convoys
combat ship, war vessel, warship - a government ship that is available for waging war
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While destroyers and destroyer escorts could provide accurate fire, they could not get close enough to the shore.
Eighty-five more destroyer escorts were built from its design, and were categorized as belonging to the "Edsall class.
This leaves just a handful of destroyers, destroyer escorts and small jeep carriers to defend the approach to the troops and landing zone.
It was a clear night and as he watched the long, white wakes of the cruisers and their five destroyer escorts on the dark sea, another aircraft dropped flares to silhouette the targets.
Four destroyer escorts were transferred to the Naval Reserve as training platforms.
The only thing between the powerful Japanese force and Leyte was RADM Clifton Sprague and his small group, code-named Taffy 3, of six escort carriers, three destroyers, and tour destroyer escorts, none with guns greater than five-inch.
Shepherds of the sea; destroyer escorts in World War II.
surface forces; but Kurita's force of battleships, cruisers, and destroyers, after originally retreating under heavy air attack, turned back and attacked the landing forces, now protected only by small escort carriers and lightly armed destroyers and destroyer escorts, collectively known as the "Small Boys.
They met with the thirteen ships of Taffy 3, comprising six small escort carriers, three destroyers, and four destroyer escorts.
Three years earlier the same warship,Scharnhorst, with her sister ship Gniesenau overwhelmed with devastating firepower our aircraft carrier Glorious and her two destroyer escorts, with the loss of 1,500 men in the same terrible Arctic conditions.
Frigates in the modern usage (as opposed to the days of fighting sail) evolved in the Second World War to protect merchantmen from submarine attack, when they were often referred to as destroyer escorts, at least in US service.
It had four destroyer escorts, but at any given time two of them were well beyond range of providing assistance.