USS YORKTOWN was the second ESSEX - class aircraft carrier and the fourth ship in the Navy to bear the name. Originally named BON HOMME RICHARD, the carrier was renamed YORKTOWN on September 26, 1942, to honor CV 5 which was lost three months earlier during the Battle of Midway. YORKTOWN was reclassified as attack aircraft carrier CVA 10 on October 1, 1952, and antisubmarine warfare aircraft carrier CVS 10 on September 1, 1957.
Decommissioned on June 27, 1970 at Philadelphia, Pa., the YORKTOWN was subsequently berthed with the Philadelphia Group, Atlantic Reserve Fleet. She remained there almost three years before her name was struck from the Navy list on June 1, 1973. During 1974, the Navy Department approved the donation of YORKTOWN to the Patriot's Point Development Authority, Charleston, S.C. She was towed from Bayonne, N.J., to Charleston S.C., in June of 1975. She was formally dedicated as a memorial on the 200th anniversary of the Navy, October 13, 1975. Click here for a Photo Tour of the USS YORKTOWN at Mount Pleasant, SC.
|General Characteristics:||Awarded: July 3, 1940|
|Keel laid: December 1, 1941|
|Launched: January 21, 1943|
|Commissioned: April 15, 1943|
|Decommissioned: January 9, 1947|
|Recommissioned: February 20, 1953|
|Decommissioned: June 27, 1970|
|Builder: Newport News Shipbuilding, Newport News, Va.|
|Propulsion system: 8 boilers|
|Aircraft elevators: three|
|Arresting gear cables: four|
|Length: 876 feet (267 meters)|
|Flight Deck Width: 191.9 feet (58.5 meters)|
|Beam: 101 feet (30.8 meters)|
|Draft: 30.8 feet (9.4 meters)|
|Displacement: approx. 40,600 tons full load|
|Speed: 33 knots|
|Planes: 80-100 planes|
|Crew: approx. 3448 as CVS: 115 officers 1500 enlisted|
|Armament: see down below|
This section contains the names of sailors who served aboard USS YORKTOWN. It is no official listing but contains the names of sailors who submitted their information.
USS YORKTOWN Cruise Books:
About the different armament:
Accidents aboard USS YORKTOWN:
|March 18, 1945||east of Japan||A Japanese bomber scores a bomb hit on the signal bridge of USS YORKTOWN. The bomb passes through the first deck and explodes near the carrier's hull. It punches two large holes through her side, killing five men, and wounding another 26. YORKTOWN, however, remains fully operational, and her anti-aircraft gunners bring the offender down.|
USS YORKTOWN Image Gallery:
The photos below were taken by me on February 5, 2009, during a visit to the USS YORKTOWN museum at Mount Pleasant, SC.
|Click here for more Photos.|