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The USS YORKTOWN (CV-10) was the tenth aircraft carrier to serve in the United States Navy. Under construction as BON HOMME RICHARD, this new Essex-class carrier was renamed in honor of YORKTOWN (CV-5) sunk at the epic Battle of Midway (June 1942). Built in an amazing 16 ½ months at Newport News, Virginia, YORKTOWN was commissioned on April 15, 1943. World War II’s famous “Fighting Lady” would participate significantly in the Pacific offensive that began in late 1943 and ended with the defeat of Japan in 1945. YORKTOWN received the Presidential Unit Citation and earned 11 battle stars for service in World War II.

In the 1950s, YORKTOWN was modernized to operate jet aircraft as an attack carrier (CVA). In 1957, she was re-designated an anti-submarine aircraft carrier (CVS), and would later earn 5 battle stars for service off Vietnam (1965-68). The ship also recovered the Apollo 8 astronauts and capsule (December 1968). YORKTOWN was decommissioned in 1970 and placed in reserve.

In 1975, this historic ship was towed from Bayonne, NJ to Charleston to become the centerpiece of Patriots Point Naval & Maritime Museum.

General admission includes ALL exhibits:

  • USS YORKTOWN Aircraft Carrier
  • USS LAFFEY Destroyer
  • USS CLAMAGORE Submarine
  • 3 Acre Vietnam Experience
  • Medal of Honor Museum
  • 28 Historic Aircraft

OPEN DAILY 9:00 A.M. - 6:30 P.M.

Patriots Point Naval & Maritime Museum is open every day aside from Christmas Day. Our regular operating hours are from 9 A.M. – 6:30 P.M. Last tickets are sold at 5 P.M.

We have special operating hours on certain days, as follows:

  • Fourth of July: Last general admission ticket sold at 3:30 p.m., museum closes normal touring at 5 p.m. for Fourth of July Fireworks Blast event.
  • Thanksgiving Day: Last ticket sold at 2 p.m., museum closes at 3:30 p.m.
  • Christmas Eve: Last ticket sold at 2 p.m., museum closes at 3:30 p.m.
  • Christmas Day: Closed to the public.
  • New Year’s Eve: Last ticket sold at 2 p.m., museum closes at 3:30 p.m.

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