USS Slater National Historic Landmark

The U.S. Department of the Interior is set to designate the USS Slater, one of the remaining WWII naval ships and only destroyer escort afloat in the United States, as a National Historic Landmark. Since last year, U.S. Senator Gillibrand (D-NY) has urged Secretary of the U.S. Department of the Interior Ken Salazar and the National Park System (NPS) Advisory Board Landmarks Committee to designate the site as a National Historic Landmark.

“This is an exciting milestone for all of us associated with USS Slater,” said Tim Rizzuto, Executive Director of the USS Slater. “It represents the ultimate recognition for our volunteers who have put 19 years and thousands of hours of working to preserve this historic ship.”

The designation would provide greatly needed resources to further preserve and maintain the USS Slater (DE-766), which is docked on the Hudson River in Albany. The USS Slater, which served in the United States Navy fleet during WWII, has undergone an extensive 17-year restoration to its 1945 configuration. The ship is named after an Alabama sailor, Frank Slater, who was killed during World War II.