USS Slater Commissioned 70 Years Ago

Posted by Eric Haun
Thursday, May 01, 2014
Photo courtesy Destroyer Escort Historical Museum

USS Slater's Log Book entry for May 1, 1944 states, "Moored starboard side to Lee Terminal, Tampa, Florida. Captain R.B. Daggett, USN, Supervisor of Shipbuilding, Tampa, representing the Commandant, Seventh Naval District, placed the ship in commission pursuant to orders from the Chief of Naval Operations. Lieutenant Commander Marcel J. Blancq, USNR, assumed command of the ship pursuant to orders."

It seems to be a very quiet beginning to a 70-year journey that has taken USS Slater around the world and to her home in Albany, New York. That journey has included convoy duty in the North Atlantic, while homeported in Brooklyn, to post-WWII occupation duty in the Pacific. It has included 40 years of service in Greece with the Hellenic Navy and her return to the United States.

Now, Slater is spending the 70th anniversary of her commissioning in drydock in Staten Island, where she is receiving an overhaul of her hull. The work, long overdue, is being done to ensure Slater will be here so that future generations may learn from the history, technology, and experiences of destroyer escorts and the men and women who built and sailed them.

The drydocking project is being funded privately by individuals and foundations. USS Slater is a National Historic Landmark but, like many Landmarks, is not funded by the Federal government. Donations to the project are tax-deductible to the extent allowed by law.

It is hoped that Slater will return to Albany and be open to the public sometime in late May or early June. After the return, the ship will be open Wednesday through Sunday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., through the end of November.

ussslater.org

  • Photo courtesy Destroyer Escort Historical Museum

    Photo courtesy Destroyer Escort Historical Museum

  • Photo courtesy Destroyer Escort Historical Museum

    Photo courtesy Destroyer Escort Historical Museum

  • Photo courtesy Destroyer Escort Historical Museum

    Photo courtesy Destroyer Escort Historical Museum

  • Photo courtesy Destroyer Escort Historical Museum
  • Photo courtesy Destroyer Escort Historical Museum
  • Photo courtesy Destroyer Escort Historical Museum

Maritime Today


The Maritime Industry's original and most viewed E-News Service

Maritime Reporter May 2016 Digital Edition
FREE Maritime Reporter Subscription
Latest Maritime News    rss feeds

Ship Repair & Conversion

China Shipbuilding Plans Major Restructuring

State-owned China Shipbuilding Industry Corp (CSIC) is undertaking a major restructuring as it grapples with an industry downturn, and it will be the largest restructuring

DSME Reveals Additional Self-Restructuring Plan

South Korean shipbuilder Daewoo Shipbuilding and Marine Engineering (DSME) has  revealed an additional self-restructuring plan amid the falling shipbuilding orders.

Life Extension for World’s Oldest Icebreaker

A comprehensive dry docking and life extension plan has been set out for the 62-year-old Finnish icebreaker Voima, continuing its run as the world’s oldest operational icebreaker.

Navy

This Day In Naval History - May 24

1917 - The first U.S. convoy left Hampton Roads, Va. to cross the North Atlantic after entering World War I. During the 18 months of war while American vessels escort convoys through the war zone,

HII Secures Aircraft Carrier Planning Contract

Huntington Ingalls Industries (HII) was awarded a $152 million contract for advance planning for the construction of the third aircraft carrier in the Gerald R.

Ingalls Christens Amphibious Transport Dock Portland

Ingalls Shipbuilding, a division of Huntington Ingalls Industries (HII), christened the amphibious transport dock Portland (LPD 27) on May 21 in front of approximately 1,000 guests.

Vessels

FIO’s New Research Vessel Enters Build Phase

The 78’ research vessel designed and engineered by Boksa Marine Design (BMD) in 2015 is headed to the building phase beginning in June.   BMD contracted with

HII Secures Aircraft Carrier Planning Contract

Huntington Ingalls Industries (HII) was awarded a $152 million contract for advance planning for the construction of the third aircraft carrier in the Gerald R.

'K' Line Takes Delivery of Corona Series Coal Carrier

Kawasaki Kisen Kaisha, Ltd., Tokyo, (“K” Line) has announced the delivery of Corona Victory, an 88,000 DWT-type special coal carrier at Marugame Shipyard of Imabari Shipbuilding Co.

History

This Day In Naval History - May 24

1917 - The first U.S. convoy left Hampton Roads, Va. to cross the North Atlantic after entering World War I. During the 18 months of war while American vessels escort convoys through the war zone,

ABB Saves 700,000 tons Fuel for Marine Vessels

ABB’s environmental friendly Azipod propulsion system brings greater fuel efficiency to diverse shipping segments ABB today announced the total fuel savings

Hapag-Lloyd: 50 Years of Container Shipping in Germany

50 years after the beginning of modern container shipping in Germany, international trade is handled by 6,397 containerships, with a capacity of 21.1 million TEU.

 
 
Maritime Careers / Shipboard Positions Maritime Security Maritime Standards Naval Architecture Navigation Pipelines Port Authority Salvage Shipbuilding / Vessel Construction Winch
rss | archive | history | articles | privacy | contributors | top maritime news | about us | copyright | maritime magazines
maritime security news | shipbuilding news | maritime industry | shipping news | maritime reporting | workboats news | ship design | maritime business

Time taken: 0.1721 sec (6 req/sec)