Navy:Fix Yorktown or Scrap Her
The retired aircraft carrier and current museum ship Yorktown, for decades a favorite attraction in Charleston Harbor, is facing its worst foe yet, extreme age and the weather. From the Post and Courier:
Officials at the military attraction estimated Tuesday that it would cost more than $100 million to dry dock and repair the ship’s deteriorating steel hull. It’s money that South Carolina does not have.
The long-simmering problem came to a boil as the Patriots Point Development Authority discussed a letter it received from the Department of the Navy about the deteriorating condition of the donated ship.
In short, the Navy has given the state agency two options for dealing with the Yorktown: Either put the vessel in dry dock so its rusting hull can be fixed or submit a plan to dispose of the aging ship.
“Disposal is not in our vocabulary,” said Dick Trammell, executive director of the authority.
That last statement is good news. At least, do everything you can to save a proud ship with an honorable history. World War 2, Korea, and Vietnam, the CV-10 has faced off against some of America’s toughest adversaries, so we think she can beat this new threat as well!