Preparations for Laffey departure!

Preparations have been under way to get Laffey ready for her short trip to Detyens Shipyard drydock at the old Charleston Navy Base. In the picture above, you can see the equipment located on the pier being used to get Laffey ready for her tow to drydock. Notice the red flag (Bravo in the Navy […]

Naval aviators in space!

Forty years ago today at 9:32 AM (EST) Apollo 11 launched from Pad 39A on its way to the moon. The mission commander was former naval aviator Neil Armstrong. Neil had honed his pilot skills by taking off and landing on Essex class carriers¬† from 1950 to 1952. Attached to VF-51 onboard the USS Essex […]

Summertime and the living is easy!!!

Our flight deck and parking lot continues to be filled with families vacationing from all over the United States and the world. Just this week I have talked to visitors from Scotland, France, Germany, Japan and South Africa. Even though school is out we still have had a few school groups aboard. Today we had […]

July Volunteer Profile

This month we profile our volunteer with the most longevity at Patriots Point…Lloyd Conard has been greeting visitors and conducting tours for our guests since January 1995. A native of Abington, Pennsylvania, he has always had a fascination with naval aviation and as a young boy used to sit outside the fence of the Johnsville […]

Countdown to July 4th!!!

Another amazing, wonderful, beautiful 4th of July approaches Patriots Point…We were rated as one of the TOP 5 Independence Day celebrations by the New York Times…this year we celebrate the 233rd birthday of the United States and its history of freedom and light to the world. Join us here as we watch the “bombs burst […]

Special Operations Parachutists Land on Yorktown!

At 3 PM this afternoon four members of the Army Special Operations Command parachute team made perfect landings on the windy flight deck of Yorktown. See pictures below. The team will be conducting additional jumps during the Charleston Harborfest this weekend.

Day Three YLC (Youth Leadership Conference)

Here is the class picture of this year’s YLCers, a good looking group of America’s young men and women, future leaders of our country. This morning TV weatherman and Air Force reservist¬† Bill Walsh talked to the students and this afternoon Major General James Livingston, USMC (Ret) is speaking to the students. Click here to […]

Patriots Point's 10th Youth Leadership Conference

Today begins the 10th Youth Leadership Conference to be held onboard the USS Yorktown (CV-10) at Patriots Point. The conference on Yorktown began in 1999 and is sponsored by Patriots Point and the Military Order of the World Wars.¬† Today seventy five rising high school seniors and juniors will arrive at lunch and depart on […]

Midway Anniversary June 1942

The battle of Midway took place 67 years ago today. It was to be the turning of the tide against Japanese conquest of the Pacific. The Japanese brought 4 of their 10 carriers to the battle, because they believed we only had two left in the Pacific. However, USS Yorktown (CV-5) had not been sunk […]

Park Ridge Christian completes whirlwind tour of Patriots Point's education programs

Back in May, 06-08, Park Ridge Christian school arrived at Patriots Point for a round robin tour of all our education programs (I think this was a FIRST). During their time here, they completed the Beach Program, oceanography, aviation and astronomy programs. The leader for the group was Sue Drake (her father was a Naval […]