Wednesday, May 1st marked the 75th anniversary of the commissioning of USS Slater. Commissioning is the ceremony by which a ship is placed in active duty with its country’s military forces.
From the Log Book of USS Slater, May 1, 1944:
“1400 [2 pm] Moored starboard side to Lee Terminal, Tampa, Florida. Captain R. B. Daggett, USN, Supervisor of Shipbuilding, USN, 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, D-M, USNR, assumed command of the ship.”
USS Slater is open to the public Wednesday through Sunday, 10 am to 4 pm, through November. Admission is charged. The ship is moored on the Hudson River in Downtown Albany. For more information, click here.
Photo of USS Slater provided.