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“Patriots Point - USS Laffey”

Patriots Point Naval & Maritime Museum
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Recommended length of visit: More than 3 hours
Owner description: The history of Patriots Point Naval & Maritime Museum began in June 1975 when the legendary aircraft carrier USS Yorktown entered Charleston Harbor. A few months later, the USS Yorktown was dedicated as the first ship of the Naval & Maritime Museum on the 200th birthday of the United States Navy. Patriots Point Naval & Maritime Museum was officially opened to the public on January 3, 1976. Today the museum consists of the aircraft carrier USS Yorktown (CV-10) with 29 aircraft on display from WWII to the present; the USS Laffey (DD-724), a Sumner-class destroyer; and the USS Clamagore (SS-343), a GUPPY III submarine. The Congressional Medal of Honor Society is headquartered here and their official Medal of Honor Museum is onboard the USS Yorktown. There is also a Cold War Sub Memorial and Vietnam Support Base Camp on the surrounding grounds.
Useful Information: Stairs / elevator, Wheelchair access, Activities for young children, Activities for older children, Bathroom facilities
Reviewed September 19, 2013

When I visited Patriots Point last time I couldn't tour the destroyer USS Laffey DD-724 because she was taking on water and tours had been suspended. This time she was there and the tour we took was like a stroll down memory lane since I had served on USS Dehaven DD-727. The ship is clean, painted out well and the only disappointment was that I couldn't view the 5" gun mount interior because it was sealed up. Other than that though, the USS Laffey is a good looking destroyer and the entire Patriots Point organization is first class all the way!!! The $15 ticket is more than worth it and it's a great visit for an old Tin Can Sailor.

Thank RickW1950
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Reviewed September 19, 2013

Visited the USS Yorktown and Fort Sumter from here. Both places are a must see when you visit the Charleston South Carolina area.

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Reviewed September 15, 2013

This is an amazing piece of US military history that is well preserved. The USS Yorktown is full of WWII - Vietnam era planes you can see up close. You can also tour many areas of the aircraft carrier giving you a glimpse at what life was like on the ship. You can go on deck and see how the planes landed, and go into the nerve center of the vessel. You can also tour a battleship. You get a great glimpse of WWII history. It's an aircraft carrier, so it's very large, so give yourself a lot of time, and bring a lot of money too, because it costs $18 per person and another $5 to park.

Thank TrueTexasTraveler
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Reviewed September 12, 2013

Brother-in-law enjoyed going onto the USS Yorktown Aircraft carrier. Us ladies stayed on and seen the deck and two other floors. He stayed on and really enjoyed seeing all the aircrafts and history on the TV and walls of information on different people.

Thank Linda402
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Reviewed September 12, 2013

Enjoyed all the information especially loved the airplanes, which you could climb in the cock pit and have your picture taken by your family, very cool

Thank biggrannyjo
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