|USS Slater - May 2018 Work Week
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|01 Cutting Out The Old Foot rails||02 Cutting Out The Old Foot rails||03 Grinding Down Old Welds||04 Modifying The Whaleboat Davits|
|05 Modifying The Whaleboat Davits||06 Modifying The Whaleboat Davits||07 Cutting Out Deck Plates||08 Welding|
|09 Modifying The Whaleboat Davits||10 Fabricating A New Ventilator||11 Fabricating New Deck Plates||12 Fabricating A New Ventilator|
Ed Zajkowski assembled a group of retired nuclear power plant welders and machinists to tackle several welding projects. The first was to extend the vertical posts on the whale boat davits so that the davits would clear the boat at all angles. The second was to replace the rusted decking on the twin 40mm Bofors anti aircraft gun mounts. The third was to fabricate new foot rails for the 20mm Oerlikon anti aircraft gun mounts. These rails were added in 1945 after the Japanese began using explosive laden suicide boats and low level Kamikaze attacks against US Navy Fleet ships in the Pacific in WWII. Without the rails the gunners were not able to deflect (aim) the gun barrels low enough to engage boats and low flying aircraft close in to the ship. With the rails the gunners were able to stand higher and point their guns down to the water.
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