USS Slater opens for the season

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The USS Slater is scheduled to open for the season on Wednesday. (Photo submitted)

ALBANY — The USS Slater is scheduled to open to the public on Wednesday, (April 5). This year will mark the ship’s 20th season in Albany. There have been tremendous changes to the ship since she first arrived. USS Slater has become one of the best restored, most historically accurate World War II ships in the world.

A National Historic Landmark, USS Slater is the only remaining World War II Destroyer Escort afloat in America. Destroyer Escorts originally were conceived to battle Nazi U-Boats while escorting convoys across the Atlantic. However, their versatility proved useful in the Pacific defending task forces from Kamikaze attacks. Many Destroyer Escorts continued to serve during the Korean and Vietnam wars. The current U.S. Navy Fleet’s frigates are descendants of these small ships.

USS Slater also saw service in Greece’s Navy as AETOS (Eagle). In 1951, Slater, along with three sister ships, was transferred to the Hellenic Navy. She served 40 years as a patrol and training ship before retiring and returning to the U.S.

USS Slater is owned and operated by Destroyer Escort Historical Museum, a private, non-profit organization. The museum receives no regular federal, state or local government financial support, according to a news release. Museum members get free admission all season, as well as other benefits. Individual and family memberships are available, starting at $25.

USS Slater is located on the Hudson River in downtown Albany, just south of the Dunn Memorial Bridge.

Once open, public hours will be Wednesday through Sunday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. through November. The ship will be closed Easter Sunday, April 16. Admission is $9 for adults and $7 for children.

Call (518) 431-1943 for more information or visit the website at www.ussslater.org.

By Patricia Older

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