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MAR 2015

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Feature 38 MARCH 2015 COATINGSPROMAG.COM BY CLAIRE TRAGESER PHOTOS COURTESY OF PATRIOTS POINT NAVAL & MARITIME MUSEUM M any coatings projects are done on buildings with history, but it is not very often that a job calls for coatings on something that was part of multiple battles during World War II. A crew at the Patriots Point Naval & Maritime Museum in Mt. Pleasant, S.C., is getting to do just that. Live History Stationed at the museum is the USS Yorktown, one of 24 aircraft carriers built during World War II and the 10th aircraft carrier to serve in the United States Nav y. Te Yorktown was named after the Battle of Yorktown, which took place during the American Revolutionary War. It replaced another ship (also named USS Yorktown), which was lost during the 1942 World War II Battle of Midway. Tis Yorktown carrier was commissioned in April 1943 after just 16 months of construction. It joined in the Pacifc Ofensive during World War II, which spanned from late 1943 to the end of the war in 1945. Te USS Yorktown won the Presidential Unit Citation and earned 11 battle stars for service in World War II. It then worked as an attack carrier in the 1950s and as an anti-submarine aircraft carrier in Vietnam from 1965 to 1968. Te ship also picked up the Apollo 8 astronauts and their capsule in 1968. Tis ship has quite the background! In 1970, the USS Yorktown was decommissioned, and in 1975, it was towed to its new home at Patriots Point Naval & Maritime Museum. Recoat on Water T he 40,000 -ton (36,287 metric tons), 888 -foot-long (271 m) vessel has been the center piece of the South Carolina museum since it got there, said Bob Howard, the operations director of the museum. Making History: Recoating a World War II Aircraft Carrier STEEL MARINE ACRYLIC

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