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!

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 of January 22-27th. The Laffey was moved from Detyen’s Shipyard last January to a pier on Shipyard Creek and now her return is in sight! […]

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. After his enlistment, his aptitude and high grades had the Army Air Corp pointing him towards pilot training, but just as quickly the need for […]

Holiday Camp Set For USS Yorktown!

The Town of Mount Pleasant Recreation Department and Patriots Point Naval & Maritime Museum’s Institute of History and Science are partnering to host an exciting new day camp for local children during the holiday season. Oscar’s Oceanography Holiday Institute is designed for students ages 6-12.  As part of the program, campers will follow Oscar, a […]

2012 Presidential Campaign: Governor Rick Perry Visits USS Yorktown

One day after the 70th anniversary of the attack on Pearl Harbor,  Governor Rick Perry of Texas came aboard USS Yorktown in his fight to gain the Republican nomination for President. Governor Perry talked mainly on defense issues in Hangar Bay III of the famous aircraft carrier and was surrounded by a crowd of mainly […]

Pearl Harbor Day Events At Patriots Point

Next Wednesday marks the 70th anniversary of the attack on Pearl Harbor and the entrance of the United States into World War II. Just recently, historian Craig Shirley in his new book, December 1941, noted that President Franklin Roosevelt and his war cabinet had considered declaring war against Japan, Germany and Italy on the night […]

Navy of the Future: DDG 1000 Keel Laid

The keel of the Navy’s future  high tech destroyer, USS Zumwalt DDG-1000, was laid down yesterday at Bath Iron Works in Bath, Maine. DDG-1000 will be named in honor of former Chief of Naval Operations Adm. Elmo R. “Bud” Zumwalt Jr., who served as Chief of Naval Operations from 1970-1974. The ship’s co-sponsors, Ann Zumwalt, […]

Open Cockpit Sunday, 04 December

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 a Naval Aviator and flying at Top Gun or landing on an aircraft carrier at sea? Sunday, 04 December, is your chance to fulfill a dream!

First Homegrown Music Festival At Patriots Point

Over 374 music lovers came out to hear the songwriter/singers perform at Patriots Point and Awendaw Green‘s first ever Homegrown Music Festival at Patriots Point under the trees on Sunday! The weather was sunny and temperature in the low 70’s, no bugs and a friendly crowd with food and drinks available. The crowd was an […]

Happy Veterans Day! First Aircraft Carrier Basketball Classic!

Happy Veterans Day to all veterans! As a special treat to vets, today in San Diego the University of North Carolina Tar Heels face the Michigan State Spartans in a basketball game to be held on the flight deck of the USS Vinson (CVN-70).  Several vets have asked me what happens if the basketball goes […]