Patriot's Point (in Mt. Pleasant, SC, across the Ravenel Bridge from Charleston) consists of three floating exhibits, namely: 1) the USS Yorktown (CV-10), a WWII through post-Vietnam era Essex-class aircraft carrier; 2) the USS Laffey (DD-724), a WWII through post-Vietnam era Sumner-class destroyer, and 3) the USS Clamagore (SS-343) a WWII through post-Vietnam era 'Guppy' class submarine.
Allocate plenty time for your visit as there is plenty to see. Get your exercise in before arriving to tour the exhibits because much of your time will be spent climbing ladders throughout the three vessels (stairs, steep stairs in Navy parlance). There are some 30+ aircraft from the carrier's periods of deployment on display on the hanger and flight decks. Pretty much all areas of the ships are available to tour at your leisure. Abundant descriptive and historical material abounds for your reading pleasure and education.
Land-based exhibits portray a Vietnam era support base and a memorial to those cold-war era submariners who, during tense times, continued the legacy of the 'silent service.'
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