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  • Open Cockpit Sunday, February 19th

    Have you ever wondered what it was like to be involved in something greater than one’s self? Have you ever wanted to climb into a Navy cockpit and imagine being […]

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  • Day After Laffey’s Return

    Power workers are busy working on restoring electrical power to the ship and we are busy getting ready to open back up to the public. It will be a little […]

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  • Welcome Home To “The Ship That Would Not Die,” USS Laffey DD-724

    The morning was cool, crisp and clear, perfect for bringing the famous warship home. Welcome home Laffey, we are excited to have her back where she belongs and now preparations will begin to get her open for the public once again. Stay tuned for updates and the opening celebration we plan to hold!

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  • Laffey Plans To Return Next Week, 22-27 January

    True to her wartime name, “The Ship That Would Not Die,” the famous World War II destroyer Laffey will return to life as a museum ship sometime during the week […]

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  • Our Oldest Volunteer, Ernest “Larry” Melin

    Patriots Point volunteer Ernest “Larry” Melin recently celebrated his 90th birthday onboard USS Yorktown. Officially, our oldest living volunteer, Larry served in the Army Air Corp from 1942 to 1946. […]

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  • Laffey’s Shipyard Visit 2009 – Recap #2

    As we prepare for Laffey’s return in two weeks…lets take a look back at Laffey’s visit and repair work at Deteyen’s Shipyard back in 2009. Below are images of Laffey […]

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  • USS Laffey Departure 19 August 2009 Recap #1

    We will be taking a look at a few old Laffey posts as we near her successful return to Patriots Point the week of 22-27 January 2012. Today we’ll look […]

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  • First Helicopter Mercy Mission 1944!

    On 03 January 1944, Commander Frank Erickson, United States Coast Guard, flew his Sikorsky HNS-1 Hoverfly helicopter in history’s first mercy flight. After an explosion sank the destroyer USS Turner, […]

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  • Navy Catapult Launch Improvement 1962

    On 19 December 1962, an E-2A Hawkeye, flown by naval aviator Lieutenant Commander Lee Ramsey was catapulted from the flightdeck of the USS Enterprise (CVAN-65) during the first at sea […]

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  • Patriots Point’s F-4J Phantom

    The McDonnell F-4 Phantom (eventually became McDonnell-Douglas and then bought by Boeing) was a tandem-seat fighter-bomber designed to fill the U.S. Navy’s fleet defense fighter role. The advent of Soviet […]

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