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New USS Laffey Combat Information Center (CIC) Exhibit Opening

Chris Hauff Jun 22, 2016

Starting Saturday, June 25, a new high-tech exhibit aboard the USS Laffey at Patriots Point will takes visitors behind the curtain of the Cold War for a tension-filled portrayal of a close encounter with a Russian submarine during the 1970s, when the threat of a third world war loomed over the country.

The new Cold War Combat Information Center exhibit features two holograms.

The new Cold War Combat Information Center exhibit features two holograms.

This immersive new exhibit experience is located inside the USS Laffey’s Combat Information Center where the warship’s air and surface radar and sonar equipment were operated during the Cold War.

The new exhibit involves holograms and surround sound that will give guests true insight into what it was like to serve on the USS Laffey during the Cold War. There is no additional charge (beyond general admission) to experience this exhibit.

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3 thoughts on “New USS Laffey Combat Information Center (CIC) Exhibit Opening

  1. Sharon Wilson-Dopirak says:

    My father, John Marion Nikirk, served on the USS Laffey during the historic fight in the Pacific, receiving a Presidential Citation for Gallantry. My mother was in the movie theater as they showed the news concerning the ship and how it had to be towed in. She knew nothing about the battle and was quiet shocked. Later, in 1948, at the age of 26, he was killed in a Army surplus plane outside of Bloomington, IN. along with Dwane Wiggins. My father was a student pilot under the government’s GI training program. He went through a terrible battle, only receiving a cut on his chin and came home and lost his life. I would very much like to see my fathers ship before I get to old to “Climb Aboard”.Any information about the USS Laffey would very much appreciated.
    Sharon Nikirk Wilson-Dopirak

    1. Molly Hamilton says:

      Good morning Ms. Wilson-Dopirak. Thanks for reaching out to us and sharing the story of your father. He was without a doubt a hero and his death was truly tragic. To find out more information on the amazing USS Laffey, you can visit our website at: http://www.patriotspoint.org/explore/uss-laffey/

      We would be honored for you to come and see your father’s ship. You could also visit the website for the USS Laffey Association at http://www.laffey.org. You may also want to reach out to the president of the association, Sonny Walker. If you would like his email address, we could provide it to you. The Laffey Association comes several times a year for a memorial in April (to mark the anniversary of that historic battle in the Pacific) as well as several work parties throughout the year. Laffey veterans remain very involved with their beloved ship and you might be able to get in touch with someone who knew your father.

      We hope you will come visit soon.

      Molly Hamilton
      Public Information & Media Relations

  2. Alvin Klafke says:

    Must come and see!!!

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