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USS Slater

Port of Albany
Albany, New York, 12201

The USS SLATER
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USS Slater is now a museum ship on the Hudson River in Albany, New York, the only one of its kind afloat in the United States.
Fewer than 12 destroyer escorts still survived as of August 2020, with the Slater the only ship that retained its wartime configuration.

Frank Olga Slater was born on 19 December 1920 in Kennamer Cove, Alabama. On 12 November 1942 he was killed in action at his battle station during the Naval Battle of Guadalcanal. He was posthumously awarded the Navy Cross.

USS Slater was laid down on 9 March 1943, she was christened on 20 Feb 1944 by Lenora Slater, mother of Frank Olga Slater and launched on 20 February 1944. The ship was commissioned on 1 May 1944. She was built at the Tampa Shipbuilding Company in Tampa, Florida.

On 1 March 1951, Slater was transferred to the Hellenic Navy under the Truman Doctrine, and renamed Aetos ("Eagle") Aetos was decommissioned in 1991, and Greece donated the ship to the Destroyer Escort Sailors Association.

Destroyer escort sailors from around the nation donated more than a quarter of a million dollars to bring Slater back to the United States as a museum ship. Slater arrived at the Port of Albany. In January 2006, a welder accidentally started a fire aboard Slater which caused some minor damage to the ship. Repairs were completed within a few months.

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