U.S.S. Yorktown CV-10


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.
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
Propellers: four
Aircraft elevators: three
Arresting gear cables: four
Catapults: two
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