At nearly 900 feet in length, weighing in at more than 27,000 ton and bristling with weapons and war planes, the aircraft carrier USS Yorktown (CV-10) was one of the most imposing modern marvels on the planet during WWII.
But it was her crew, some 2,500 sailors, who brought her to life, generated her fearless spirit and christened her with the nickname The Fighting Lady.
CV-10’s keel was laid on December 1, 1941 at
Launched by First Lady Eleanor Roosevelt, this new Yorktown would take on Japanese forces in epic battles; the Battle of the Philippine Sea, the Marshall Islands, Truk, The Mariana Islands; Iwo Jima, to name a few. And in the open waters of the Pacific Yorktown became a target of desperate Kamikaze missions.
In the years that followed WWII, continued to play a vital role for the Navy including involvement in the Vietnam War.
To find out more about the history of USS Yorktown (CV-10) we invite you to visit Naval Historical Center as well as the USS Yorktown Association. To learn more about historic naval ships throughout the
Patriots Point's Vietnam Naval Support Base Camp features many of the various craft used to combat the dangers of patrolling the jungle and rivers throughout the Vietnam War.
On display is an original River Patrol Boat, which was used to stop and search boat traffic in areas such as the Mekong Delta, the Rung Sat Special Zone, the Saigon River and in I Corps, in the area assigned to Task Force Clearwater, in an attempt to intercept weapons shipments.
The extraordinary aircraft collection includes two Army Huey helicopters that were used in
The display also is home to a Sea Cobra attack helicopter and many of the actual weaponry that was used during the Vietnam War.
The Seawolves and the Brown Water Navy
During the Vietnam War, controlling the vast deltas was critical and that meant controlling the rivers. That was the mission of the courageous Americans who formed the so-called Brown Water Navy. Their story is told at the Patriots Point Naval Support Base where a river patrol boat is joined by UH-1 Huey Helicopters.
Also on display is an impressive collection of artifacts from American forces as well as South Vietnamese and North Vietnamese forces.
With the official Navy designation PBR, the river patrol boat crews were in constant danger of ambush and attack on the Vietnamese delta. PBR's took on the dangerous task of stopping and searching boat traffic in the Mekong Delta, the
With UH-1 Huey helicopters anchoring the exhibit, the extraordinary story of the Seawolves, the elite HAL-3 helicopter squadron, comes to life. Racing at tree top level, these helo gunships working in tandem with PBR's and other Navy craft. Critical members of the Brown Water Navy, Seawolves scrambled to provide close air support and answer distress calls from their brothers in arms.
Also on display in an AH-1 Cobra attack helicopter. The heavily armed Cobra went into service in 1967 and became one of the most feared weapons of the war.