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      USS Laffey open to visitors

      USS Laffey (Sandra Ecklund/WCIV)

      MOUNT PLEASANT, S.C. (WCIV) -- The ship that would not die is open for visitors today at Patriots Point.

      Following a three year journey, Patriots Point will allow visitors on the historic WWII destroyer, at least part of it. Due to ongoing repairs and improvements to tour routes throughout the ship, the Laffey will reopen in phases.

      The Laffey was at a dry dock in North Charleston for repairs to its hull. It was moved back to Patriots Point in January.

      The first phase open to the public will include the main deck, the post office, barber shop, History Channel theater room, repair locker, sick bay, galley, captain's in port cabin, chart room, radar room, radio room, bridge house, pilot house, cross torpedo deck, aft to mount 53 and the brow.

      It is anticipated the Laffey will be completely open to the public by mid-April.

      Patriots Point opens at 9 a.m. and closes at 6:30 p.m. each day.

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