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USS Yorktown (CV/CVA/CVS-10) is one of 24 Essex-class aircraft carriers built during World War II for the United States Navy. She was named after the Battle of Yorktown of the American Revolutionary War, and is the fourth U.S. Navy ship to bear the name. Initially to have been named Bonhomme Richard, she was renamed Yorktown while still under construction to commemorate the loss of USS Yorktown (CV-5) during the Battle of Midway in June 1942. Yorktown was commissioned in April 1943, and participated in several campaigns in the Pacific Theater of Operations, earning 11 battle stars and the Presidential Unit Citation.

Decommissioned shortly after the end of the war, she was modernized and recommissioned in February 1953 as an attack carrier (CVA), and served with distinction during the Korean War. The ship was later modernized again with a canted deck, eventually becoming an antisubmarine carrier (CVS) and served for many years in the Pacific, including duty in the Vietnam War, during which she earned five battle stars. Late in her career, the carrier served as a recovery ship for the Apollo 8 space mission, and was used in the movie Tora! Tora! Tora!, which recreated the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor, and in the science fiction film The Philadelphia Experiment.

Yorktown was decommissioned in 1970 and in 1975 became a museum ship at Patriots Point, Mount Pleasant, South Carolina, where she was designated a National Historic Landmark.


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Good set.

Earlier I visited the Midway in San Diego and USS Iowa in LA, (posted photos here), and recently visited the Pampanito and Jeremiah O'Brien in San Francisco (still to process).
 
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Good set.

Earlier I visited the Midway in San Diego and USS Iowa in LA, (posted photos here), and recently visited the Pampanito and Jeremiah O'Brieb in San Francisco (still to process).
That's awesome, I visited the North Carolina earlier this year, the Iowa is on my to-do list.
 
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Great to see all of these pics. I just wish we did the same thing, even half as well, over here. Well done USA!

You've captured a comprehensive series of images portraying Yorktown's history here. Nicely done.
 
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Great to see all of these pics. I just wish we did the same thing, even half as well, over here. Well done USA!

You've captured a comprehensive series of images portraying Yorktown's history here. Nicely done.

Thanks Ron, there aren't many of these WWII era ships left, pretty amazing getting to walk through this historic ship. I certainly wish there were more out there.
 

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