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USS Yorktown

The USS Yorktown is shown in a file photo from Jan. 21, 1943, during her christening.

MOUNT PLEASANT – The historic USS Yorktown aircraft carrier will host sailors from more than a half-dozen different Navy programs from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, March 16, for Navy Day at Patriots Point Naval & Maritime Museum. Former and active duty sailors will get in free.

In addition to meeting visitors and talking about different departments of the Navy, an aircrew will fly an MH-60 “Romeo” helicopter to the museum. The helicopter crew will land the aircraft at Patriots Point just before Navy Day begins and offer tours of it throughout the day.

Navy activities offered at Patriots Point to include:

• History and Heritage Command (Will discuss Charleston Naval History)

• USS Constitution Sailors and Equipment

• MH-60 “Romeo” Helicopter and Crew

• Meteorological and Oceanographic Command

• Navy Medicine Personnel

• Navy Recruitment – Virtual Reality

Navy Day at Patriots Point Naval & Maritime Museum is part of Charleston Navy Week organized by the Navy Office of Community Outreach. Navy Weeks are designed to give Americans the opportunity to learn about the Navy, its people and its importance to national security and prosperity.

“Our staff and ships always seem to stand a little straighter when the Navy is back aboard,” said Patriots Point Executive Director Mac Burdette. “The Navy is responsible for so many roles in defending our great country. This event is a perfect opportunity for the community to meet the brave men and women who protect us every day and to learn about what they do.”

"Having visited Patriots Point and the Yorktown many times growing up in Charleston and Mount Pleasant, I cannot be more excited to have Navy Week come to my home town," said Lt. John Stevens, Navy Week program manager at the NAVCO. "Partnering with Patriots Point to educate the community on the Navy is a perfect fit, and we're grateful for the opportunity to bring the Navy back home to the Lowcountry."

For more information about Navy Day at Patriots Point Naval & Maritime Museum go to www.patriotspoint.org or visit facebook.com/patriotspoint.org.

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