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Yorktown-Named Navy Ships

Since the decisive 1781 victory at Yorktown, Virginia there have been 5 U.S. Navy ships named Yorktown.

Yorktown type sloop

USS Dale (above) is similar in appearance to the USS Yorktown

1840 USS Yorktown

This 16-gun sloop was constructed at Gosport Shipyard (today's Norfolk Naval Shipyard). After seeing active service primarily in the Pacific protecting American whaling ships, the USS Yorktown was decommissioned in 1843. In 1844 she was once again placed in service around the west coast of Africa to intercept slave ships headed for the Americas. She was once again decommissioned in 1846. In 1848 she was again recommissioned and sent to Africa to help curtain the slave trade. In 1850 the sloop hit a reef in the Cape Verde Islands off the coast of Africa and sank. All the crew survived the sinking.

1888 USS Yorktown

1888 USS Yorktown

A gunboat with both steam engines and schooner-rigged masts. It was decommissioned in 1921.

1937 USS Yorktown

1937 USS Yorktown

Aircraft carrier built at the Newport News Shipyard. It was sunk during the Battle of Midway in 1942.

1943 Yorktown

1943 USS Yorktown

Also an aircraft carrier that was constructed in just over 16 months at the Newport News Shipyard. It was decommissioned in 1970. Currently it is stationed as a museum at Patriots Point Naval and Maritime Museum in South Carolina

1984 USS Yorktown

1984 USS USS Yorktown

Guided missil cruiser commission at Yorktown, Virginia on July 4, 1984. It was decommissioned in 2004.