USS Yorktown (CV/CVA/CVS-10)

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One of the distinguished Essex-class aircraft carries the USS Yorktown was built during the II World War for the U.S. Navy. The USS Yorktown is the forth ship to carry the name for the United States Navy. While under construction her planned name was to be Bon Homme Richard. But it was agreed to re-name her Yorktown after the USS Yorktown (CV-5) that was lost during the battle of Midway.

USS Yorktown CV-10 Commissioned April 1943

Her distinguished years of service include; eleven battle stars and the Presidential Unit Citation. The Yorktown was involved in several campaigns in the Pacific.

Not too long after the end of World War II the Yorktown was decommissioned. She was re-commissioned and modernized in the early 1950s CVA or as an attack aircraft carrier. Not long after her designation became CVS or anti-submarine aircraft carrier. Her commission came a little late for the Korean War. After the Korean War she served for many years in the Pacific. During the Vietnam War the Yorktown earn 5 battle stars.

She most likely is most remembered for her service as a recovery ship for the Apollo 6 mission. The USS Yorktown was also used in the movie Tora! Tora! Tora! That recreated the attack on Pearl Harbor by the Japanese.

USS Yorktown Construction

The construction of the Yorktown began on the first of December 1941 by Newport News Shipbuilding in Newport News, Virginia. Her sponsor was Eleanor Roosevelt and she was launched in January of 1943. At command of the USS Yorktown Captain Joseph J. Clark received her commission in April of 1943.

USS Yorktown Awards

The Yorktown received a total of 16 battle stars during her distinguished service. Eleven from World War II along with the Presidential Citation and five more battle stars for service during Vietnam.

In June of 1970 the USS Yorktown was berthed with the Atlantic Reserve Fleet the Philadelphia Group. After about three years the USS Yorktown was struck from the naval ship registry. The Yorktown was donated to Patriot’s Point Development Authority in Charleston, South Carolina in 1974. On the 200th anniversary of the Navy she was dedicated as a memorial in October 1975.

As of 1986 the Yorktown was declared as a National Historic Landmark. She was decommissioned in 1970 and by 1975 became a museum ship Patriot’s Point, Mount Pleasant, South Carolina.

Late in 2009 the Patriots Point Naval & Maritime Museum was notified by the U.S. Navy to make repairs to the great ship or dispose of her. The final outcome of the Yorktown still in question because disposing of the ship costs much more than repairing her.

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