Allied Warships

USS Slater (DE 766)

Destroyer Escort of the Cannon class

NavyThe US Navy
TypeDestroyer Escort
PennantDE 766 
Built byTampa Shipbuilding Co. Inc. (Tampa, Florida, U.S.A.) 
Ordered8 Nov 1942 
Laid down9 Mar 1943 
Launched13 Feb 1944 
Commissioned1 May 1944 
End service26 Sep 1947 

USS Slater is the only floating destroyer escort on display in North America. Out of 563 DEs built during World War II, three survive as memorial ships. Nine more remain on duty in foreign navies in various modified configurations. USS Slater was initially assigned to convoy and antisubmarine duties in the Atlantic. In May 1945, her torpedo tubes were removed and additional anti-aircraft weapons were added at the Brooklyn Navy Yard. She was then assigned to the Pacific theater. She was decommissioned on 26 September 1947. While in reserve, Slater was transferred on 1 March 1951 to the Royal Hellenic Navy where she served with distinction for more than 40 years. Through the efforts of the Destroyer Escort Sailors Association, she was donated to that organization by the Greek government and was towed from Crete to New York City's Intrepid Museum in 1993. In October 1997, Slater was moved to her permanent location in Albany, New York on the Hudson River. Volunteers are restoring the vessel to her 1945 configuration. The ship is playing a significant role in the City of Albany's Hudson Riverfront Development Plan.

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Commands listed for USS Slater (DE 766)

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1Lt.Cdr. Marcel Joseph Blancq, USNR1 May 194424 Nov 1945

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Destroyers of World War Two

Whitley, M. J.

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