Celebration to mark return of USS Laffey to SC

MOUNT PLEASANT, S.C. (AP) - A celebration is scheduled to mark the return of the "The Ship That Would Not Die" to the Patriots Point Naval and Maritime Museum on the South Carolina coast.

On Saturday, there's a party at the museum to celebrate the USS Laffey. There will be live music, dancing, ship tours and chance to meet Laffey crews. On Sunday, speeches are scheduled as well as a performance by the U.S. Marine Corps Band and the laying of a commemorative wreath. The event will be held from 10 a.m. until 3 p.m..

The Laffey got its nickname when it was attacked in 1945 off Japan. The ship suffered 103 casualties when it was hit by four bombs and five kamikaze planes.

The Laffey returned in January after undergoing about $9 million in repairs.

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