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Frigates (PF)


Photograph of Tacoma-class frigate

National Archives #19-N-84718

Frigates were similar to destroyer escorts, but were based on merchant hulls and carried less armament.  Their chief merit was that they were inexpensive to build and man, and they played an important role in the battle of the Atlantic. A British concept, which had originated as the sloop, the frigate held little appeal for the U.S. Navy, which ended up using its frigates as weather ships or in other unglamorous roles.

U.S. frigates

Tacoma class

British frigates

"River" class
"Loch" class



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