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 YORKTOWN 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, and participated 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. Much of the Academy Award-winning (1944) documentary "The Fighting Lady" was filmed on board YORKTOWN.
In the 1950's, Yorktown was modified with the addition of an angled deck to better operate jet aircraft in her role as an attack carrier (CVA). In 1958, YORKTOWN was designated an anti-submarine aircraft carrier (CVS), and would later earn 5 battle stars for service off Vietnam (1965-1968). The ship also recovered the Apollo 8 astronauts and capsule (December 1968). YORKTOWN was decommissioned in 1970 and placed in reserve; and in 1975, was towed from Bayonne, NJ to Charleston to become the centerpiece of Patriots Point Naval and Maritime Museum.
Participate in some learning activities while staying in the best hotel on the water!
Scout Overnight Camping
Scouts will experience the majesty of the USS YORKTOWN, sleep in the berthing areas where the sailors once slept, learn about naval and aviation history.
_WHAT TO BRING WITH YOU
Patriots Point provides only a bare mattress on the bunk , and bathrooms with showers
, but each berthing unit has central heating and air conditioning, as well as restrooms.
Therefore, we recommend you bring the following with you:
A sleeping bag and/or bed sheets for a twin mattress
Wash cloth and towel(s)
If you prefer,
bring a pair of shower sandals
Any medications, including over the counter types such as aspirin or allergy medicine
Insect repellent and sunscreen
And any other toiletries and personal hygiene products.
However, no flame producing devices of any kind can be brought aboard the USS Yorktown, so all deodorant, hair spray, bug spray, etc. must be non-aerosol.