destroyer escort

noun
a warship somewhat smaller than a destroyer, designed especially for antisubmarine action. Abbreviation: DE

Origin:
1940–45

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

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They were supply and repair ships and was commissioned as a supply destroyer escort.
During his naval career he worked on an aviation repair vessel, and a destroyer escort.
He was given a citation for gallantry and a destroyer escort was christened in his honor.
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