USS Laffey Departure 19 August 2009 Recap #1

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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 at the post of Laffey’s departure 0n 19 August 2009 from Patriots Point to have her hull replaced.

Laffey is backed out of her berth at Patriots Point by one of four tug boats set to lead her to Detyen's Shipyard.

Laffey is backed out of her berth at Patriots Point by one of four tug boats set to lead her to Detyen's Shipyard.

Former crew members, Patriots Point staff and the news media were on hand earlier this morning to watch the departure of USS Laffey to Detyen’s Shipyard. Exactly at 0715, Laffey began to ease out of her berth and was met by loud cheers and “Hurray!” from onlookers aboard Yorktown and smaller vessels lying off in Charleston Harbor.

Laffey begins her trip up the Cooper River with Charleston in the background.

Laffey begins her trip up the Cooper River with Charleston in the background.

Laffey being towed up the Cooper River with Yorktown, Patriots Point, Charleston Harbor and Fort Sumter in the background.

Laffey being towed up the Cooper River with Yorktown, Patriots Point, Charleston Harbor and Fort Sumter in the background.

Laffey disappears under the bridge.

Laffey disappears under the bridge.

The trip to the dry dock was successfully completed in 75 minutes.

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One thought on “USS Laffey Departure 19 August 2009 Recap #1

  1. I served onboard the USS Walke DD723 from Jan 57 thru Jan 60. Will be coming to Charleston to see the Laffey which is the closest thing to the Walke

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