Please Report Any Broken Links Or Trouble You Might Come Across To The Webmaster
Please Take A Moment To Let Us Know So That We Can Correct Any Problems And Make Your Visit As Enjoyable And As Informative As Possible.

Navsource Online: Destroyer Escort Photo Archive

USS Slater (DE 766)

Flag Hoist / Radio Call Sign:
N - Z - Y - F
Awards, Citations and Campaign Ribbons

Precedence of awards is from top to bottom, left to right
Top Row: American Campaign Medal
Second Row: Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal - European-Africa-Middle East Campaign Medal - World War II Victory Medal

Class: Cannon
Type: DET (diesel-electric tandem motor drive, long hull, 3" guns)
Displacement: 1240 tons (light), 1620 tons (full)
Length: 300' (wl), 306' (oa)
Beam: 36' 10" (extreme)
Draft: 10' 6" (draft limit)
Propulsion: 4 GM Mod. 16-278A diesel engines with electric drive, 6000 shp, 2 screws
Speed: 21 kts
Range: 10,800 nm @ 12 knots
Armament: 3 x 3"/50 Mk22 (1x3), 1 twin 40mm Mk1 AA, 8 x 20mm Mk 4 AA, 3 x 21" Mk15 TT (3x1), 1 Hedgehog Projector Mk10 (144 rounds), 8 Mk6 depth charge projectors, 2 Mk9 depth charge tracks
Complement: 15 / 201
Slater (DE 766) Building and Operational Data:
  • 09 March 1943: Keel laid at the Tampa Shipbuilding Co., Inc., Tampa, Fla.
  • 13 February 1944: Launched and christened, sponsored by Mrs. James L. Slater, mother of Seaman Slater
  • 01 May 1944: Commissioned, Lcdr M. J. Blancq, in command
  • 24 June 1946: Decommissioned at Green Cove Springs, Fla. after 2.2 years of service
  • .. November 1950: Towed to the Boston Naval Shipyard in preparation for foreign transfer
  • 01 March 1951: Transferred to Greece under the Mutual Defense Assistance Program, renamed HNS Aetos (D-01)
  • 07 March 1951: Struck from the NVR
  • 05 July 1991: Decommissioned at Souda Bay, Crete, struck from Greek service
  • 27 August 1993: Arrived at New York City, N.Y. after being towed from Greece, custody transferred to the Destroyer Escort Sailors Association
  • Presently preserved as a memorial at Albany, N.Y.
    Click On Image
    For Full Size Image
    Size Image Description Contributed
    By And/Or Copyright
    Slater 94k Artist's conception of Slater by the renowned graphic illustrator John Barrett, with the text written by naval author and historian Robert F. Sumrall. Their company, Navy Yard Associates, offers prints of most destroyers, submarines and aircraft carriers in various configurations during the ship's lifetime. ALL destroyer escorts are available in their WWII configuration. The prints can be customized with ship's patches, your photograph, your bio, etc. When you purchase artwork from them, please indicate that you heard about their work from Navsource. Navy Yard Associates
    Slater 23k Frank 0. Slater was born in Fyffe, Ala. on 19 December 1920. He grew up in a sharecropping family of nine children in Kennamerís Cove, Alabama. Frank was a straight "A" scholar student although he never had the opportunity to go to high school. This patriot saw his duty and enlisted in the United States Naval Reserve on 10 February 1942. Upon completion of basic training, Seaman Second Class Slater was transferred to the Receiving Station, Pearl Harbor, where he was subsequently assigned to the USS San Francisco on 12 April 1942. On 12 November 1942, during the Naval Battle off Guadalcanal in the Solomon Islands, Frank was killed when a Japanese aircraft he had shot down crashed into his gun position aboard San Francisco. He was buried at sea. Seaman Slater was posthumously awarded the Navy Cross for gallantry in action.

    USS Slater (DE 766) (1944-1947) was the first ship to be named in his honor.

    (Photo Courtesy of the USS Slater (DE 766) thanks to Tim Rizzuto, Executive Director)
    Bill Gonyo
    Slater 72k 13 February 1944: Tampa Shipbuilding, Tampa, Fla. - From the Tampa Tribune newspaper, "When Mrs. James L. Slater, of Crossville, Ala., christens the USS Frank O. Slater this afternoon at the Tampa Shipbuilding company yard, the big destroyer escort will take with it the blessings of its sponsor, her husband and their six sons, three daughters, one son-in-law, two daughters-in-law and six grandchildren. Fourteen members of the family, plus three men - neighbors who drove them down in three different automobiles, will witness the launching of the ship, named after Mr. and Mrs. Slater's son, Seaman Frank O. Slater." Tim Rizzuto
    Executive Director
    USS Slater, Albany NY
    Slater 73k 13 February 1944: Tampa Shipbuilding, Tampa, Fla. - Mrs. James L. Slater christens the USS Slater.
    Slater 96k 13 February 1944: Tampa Shipbuilding, Tampa, Fla. - USS Slater slides into the water for the firat time.
    Slater 72k 13 February 1944: Tampa Shipbuilding, Tampa, Fla. - The newly launched USS Slater.
    Slater 51k undated wartime image Robert Hurst
    Slater 44k circa 1952: HS Aetos
    Slater 64k circa 1959: Valletta, Malta - HNS Aetos underway in Valletta Harbour. (Photo A. & J. Pavia, Malta; From "Jane's Fighting Ships, 1959-60")
    Slater 107k HNS Aetos (D-1), mid 1960's Tony Vrailas
    Slater 42k circa 1968: HNS Aetos Robert Hurst
    Slater 76k 18 March 1995: New York City - USS Growler (SSG 577), USS Edson (DD 946), and Slater shot from the quay at the USS Intrepid Air-Sea-Space Center. Edson and Slater are no longer part of the exhibit. Larry Backus
    Slater 137k 18 March 1995: New York City - USS Growler (SSG 577), USS Edson (DD 946), and Slater shot from the river end of the pier at the USS Intrepid Air-Sea-Space Center.
    Slater 27k undated -
    Slater 54k .. March 2002: Approaching Snow Dock Tim Rizzuto
    Ship's Superintendent
    Slater 100k .. March 2002: starboard side superstructure
    Slater 117k 03 March 2003: Albany, N.Y. - moored on the Hudson River Fred Weiss
    Slater 173k 06 April 2008: Slater moving from her Snow Dock at Rensselaer, N.Y. to her summer mooring in Albany. (Photo courtesy of Richard Andrian) Tim Rizzuto
    Ship's Superintendent
    Slater 272k 16 April 2014: Staten Island, N.Y. - Slater arrives at and is drydocked at Caddell Dry Dock and Repair in Staten Island. The ship is usually opened to the public in Albany near the beginning of April. This season, after several years of fundraising, the ship has been taken to drydock for repairs to her hull. Itís been over 20 years since the ship has been in drydock, so this project is due. Drydocking is being funded by private individuals and foundations as no government funding is being used for this project. During the drydock period, Slaterís hull will be cleaned and a reinforcing band of steel will be welded around the ship at the waterline. Then, the entire hull will be primed and painted. The budget for the project is $1.2 million. The Museum has raised just over $1 million specifically for drydocking so far.
    Slater 274k
    Slater 490k
    Slater 196k

    View the USS Slater (DE 766) DANFS history entry
    located on the Naval History and Heritage Command website.
    Slater's Commanding Officers
    Thanks to Tim Rizzuto, Superindent,
    USS Slater Memorial
    Dates of Command Commanding Officers
    1.) 01 May 1944 - 24 Nov. 1945Lcdr. Marcel Jacques Blanq, USNR (New Orleans, La.)
    2.) 24 Nov. 1945 - 24 Jun. 1946Lt. William James Martin, USNR (Bloomington, Ill.)

    estroyer Escort Museum Crew Contact And Reunion Information

    Contact Name: Tim Rizzuto, Ship's Superintendent
    Address: USS Slater, PO Box 1926, Albany NY 12201-1926
    Phone: (518) 431-1943 FAX (518) 432-1123

    Note About Contacts

    Contact information is compiled from various sources over a period of time and may, or may not, be correct. Every effort has been
    made to list the newest contact. However, our entry is only as good as the latest information that's been sent to us. We list only
    a contact for the ship if one has been sent to us. We do NOT have crew lists or rosters available. Please see the Frequently Asked
    Questions section on NavSource's Main Page for that information.

    Additional Resources

    USS Slater Destroyer Escort Historical Museum Website
    Destroyer Escort Sailors Association
    Tin Can Sailors Shipmate Registry - USS Slater
    The Destroyer History Foundation
    To The DE Photo Index Page Back To The Main Photo Index

    Comments, Suggestions, or Image Submissions, Please E-mail: DE Info
    Problems or Site Related Matters, Please E-mail: Webmaster

    This Page Created And Maintained by Mike Smolinski
    All pages copyright NavSource Naval History
    by Paul R. Yarnall, All Rights Reserved.
    Page Last Updated 25 April 2014