USS Laffey return to Patriots Point delayed

MOUNT PLEASANT, SC (WCSC) - Officials announced on Tuesday that the USS Laffey is now expected to return to Patriots Point between Jan. 22-27 instead of next week.

The Laffey has been berthed at Shipyard Creek in North Charleston since her complete hull overhaul in 2009.

In November 2011, the Patriots Point Development Authority approved a three-part project to return the destroyer Laffey to Patriots Point, relocate the submarine Clamagore to a more accessible berth and upgrade/replace aging utilities.

"This is a very complicated project and there is no advantage to rushing the transfer of ships," said PPDA Executive Director Mac Burdette."Neither week in January is better than the other relative to closing the attraction.  These extra two weeks give us time to dot the i's and cross the t's."

The vessel relocation, construction work and utility work should take 4 to 5 days during which the attraction will not be open to visitors.

Information provided by Patriots Point Naval & Maritime Museum.