Happy Birthday Fighting Lady aka USS Yorktown!

Today sixty-nine years ago, the keel of the USS Yorktown was laid at Newport News Shipbuilding, not far from the battle site of Yorktown, Virginia. The mighty Fighting Lady (nickname given by her crew in World War II) is now a museum ship fighting the ravages of time instead of the Imperial Japanese Navy and […]

Hydraulic catapults enter Navy service 1934

On 15 November 1934, the Bureau of Naval Aeronautics established plans to install hydraulic, flush-deck catapults on the USS Yorktown (CV-5) and USS Enterprise (CV-6). The Type H, Mark I catapult was manufactured by the Naval Aircraft Factory in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania and was the first to be enclosed under the surface of the carrier flight […]

Preview to Veterans Day and "Veterans of the Fighting Lady" Portrait Exhibit

Join us on 11 November to commemorate Veterans Day on the USS Yorktown at Patriots Point. Our volunteer-veterans will be holding a “Meet and Greet” from 10 am to 2 pm on USS Yorktown. Our veteran participants include servicemen from most branches of the Armed Forces and from World War II, Korea, and Vietnam and […]

Victory at Yorktown, 1781

Today marks the two hundred and twenty-ninth anniversary of the American and French defeat of the British Army under Lord General Cornwallis at Yorktown, Virginia. Above is the John Trumbull’s oil painting of the surrender, in which Lord Cornwallis declined to appear, but sent his second General O’Hara to offer his sword. Read here for […]

Video Thursday! Launch'em…..

Today marks my first Video Thursday! Each week I will save up my favorite videos or most newsworthy ones and post them for your pre-weekend entertainment or edification. First is my favorite this week, courtesy of VFA-195 off the USS Kitty Hawk, CV-63, not the music so much as the awesome airmanship! Let’s pull some […]

Young sailors bring new look to Yorktown's flight deck!

    “Sleep softly my old love my beauty in the dark night is a dream we have as you know as you know” W. S. Merwin Yesterday a group of dedicated young ROTC midshipmen/cadets from The Citadel and one Petty Officer from Navy Nuclear Power Training Command (NNPTC) assembled on the USS Yorktown to […]

Yorktown Association Meet and Greet, 2010

Former crew members of the USS Yorktown held a “Meet and Greet” on Saturday, 02 October 2010, for visitors onboard.  They talked about their service on the “Fighting Lady” and signed a limited edition poster of the USS Yorktown in its World War II and Vietnam configurations. A couple even brought their old scrapbooks filled […]

Medal of Honor Luncheon and Book Signing on Yorktown Tomorrow

Tomorrow at 11:00 am, our nation’s living Medal of Honor recipients will arrive at Patriots Point and be escorted down the long pier to the USS Yorktown (CV-10), our nation’s most decorated aircraft carrier with fifteen battle stars. For much of the afternoon Yorktown will literally be “Home of the Brave.” Eight hundred and fifty […]

Yorktown Crew Members Meet and Greet, 02 October!

Former crew members of the USS Yorktown (CV-10) from World War II through Vietnam will hold a “Meet and Greet” for visiting guests and children this  Saturday, October 2nd, from 10 am to 2 pm. The Yorktown Association will be returning to their ship for their 62nd Reunion. Former crew members from the World War […]