The Patriots Point Development Authority is now moving forward to find out what it will take to bring the USS Laffey back to Patriots Point.
Board members want marine engineering firms to make plans and determine costs to bring the Laffey back to the Patriots Point Naval and Maritime Museum.
The destroyer was dry docked at Detyens Shipyard in North Charleston in 2009 and now at Shipyard Creek.
The board decided it was time to restore and repair the historic ship that fought during World War II.
"It's going to be a lot of cost involved in moving it back. The value to the nation and future generations of Americans to hear that story is going to be worth it," said Patriots Point spokesman Butch Hills.
Nothing has been set in stone yet, but one of the options in bringing the Laffey back includes moving the Clamagore submarine and putting it elsewhere. At this time there are no estimates on the cost to bring back the Laffey and moving the submarine.