Adams Class Naval Ship Museum
Latest News on Adams Class Museum
NEWS UPDATE MARCH 19, 2015 (from Bob Branco)
During the week of March 10th, JHNSA/ACVA scheduled professional Ultrasonic Testing of the hull of the ex-USS Charles F. Adams DDG-2 at the Inactive Ships Facility in Philadelphia. We worked with Rhoads Shipyard to get a contractor team from Team Industrial Services to do a systematic plan of readings of the hull from bow to stern. Former CO of the Adams Bob Branco, his Adams Chief Engineer, Earle Yearger (former CO of USS Doyle and USS Bataan), and Jim Donaldson a former warrant officer engineer on the Adams coordinated the UT testing.
NEWS UPDATE AUGUST 30, 2014
City OKs use of USS Adams for maritime museum in Jacksonville on St. Johns River
Museum should be downtown in 2015
FLORIDA TIMES UNION
By Clifford Davis Thu, Aug 28, 2014 @ 6:06 pm | updated Thu, Aug 28, 2014 @ 7:30 pm
Provided by the Jacksonville Historic Naval Ship Association
NEWS UPDATE JULY 20, 2014
Jacksonville may be new home for retired warship
Author: Joy Purdy, 5:30, 6:30 and 11 p.m. anchor, firstname.lastname@example.org
Published On: Jul 16 2014 02:38:50 PM EDT Updated On: Jul 17 2014 07:35:59 PM EDT
ADAMS CLASS MUSEUM UPDATE JULY 7, 2014
2014 DONATION APPLICATION SUBMITTED TO NAVSEA
After some phone meetings with Navsea, JHNSA and ACVA leaders moved ahead with the final submission of a 2014 Donation Application on June 30, 2014. John O'Neil, Mary Crawford and Joe Snowberger of JHNSA developed the updated revisions of the documentation for the establishment of the Adams Naval Warship Museum at the shipyard pier on the north bank of the St. Johns River. They were assisted by Pete Mansel, Wayne Misener, Bob Branco and Jim Aldrich of ACVA who had developed key segments of the previous Donap document. Many thanks to John and Mary for their many hours of dedicated work in revising the application. Navsea will be reviewing the document while the JHNSA works with the Jacksonville City Council to complete the approval of the shipyard pier lease in the next two months and pursuing more fund raising.
ADAMS CLASS MUSEUM UPDATE APRIL 6, 2014
On April 1, 2014 JHNSA Board leadership hired Joe Snowberger as its full-time independent consultant. Simply put, Joe will be responsible for the overall daily operation of the JHNSA and will report to the JHNSA Board. For the last three years Joe has served as the Vice President of JHNSA and had devoted considerable time voluntarily working on the project to bring the USS Charles F. Adams DDG-2 back to Jacksonville as a ship museum. He will now be working full time as we approach completion of the lease agreement with City for the Shipyard pier site.
NAVSEA DONATION APPLICATION
Currently JHNSA and ACVA are working to meet two deadlines NAVSEA 21 has established for review of their joint Donation Application to bring the ex-USS Charles F. Adams DDG-2 to Jacksonville, Florida. By the end of April an update is required including:
Currently all of these required items are being assembled for submission to NAVSEA.
In addition, a completely revised Donation Application for the new shipyard site needs to be submitted to NAVSEA 21 for their review by June 30, 2014.
IMPORTANT - DONATIONS & VOLUNTEERS
All ACVA members are urged to provide donations to our effort to bring the Adams home to Jacksonville. This year will be our last opportunity to make our many years of work reality. In addition, all ACVA veterans are requested to go to our Volunteer link on the web site and provide your skills, experience and capability to assist us with the restoration of the ship. All veterans who have changed addresses and email contact information, please submit those updates to Dave Myerly, our Secretary.
NEWS UPDATE OCTOBER 15, 2013
From ACVA President Bob Branco
My apologies for not updating you all or the web site...the last couple of months have been crazy for me...but old men are usually crazy. The recent progress in Jax has been great with the City's approval of the shipyard site..and money has still been a big issue...but it seems to be improving...last week's Jaxtoberfest event that Jim and Craig and Wayne were at went well and was well attended. The JHNSA group was not the only group there for this city wide celebration...but over 400 people were reported to have attended. It is reported that they expect the Adams to be in Jax next fall...but there is still a lot of work to do to make that happen... once again my apologies for not having been keeping you and ACVA better informed... Bob
NEWS UPDATE AUGUST 10, 2013
Jacksonville City Ordinance for the Adams Museum Shipyards Site
Ordinance 2013-408 providing City Support for the ex-USS Charles F. Adams (DDG-2) to be berthed at the north bank of the former Jacksonville Shipyards in Downtown Jacksonville as a Navy warship museum is ready for City Council Vote on Tuesday, August 13, at 5 PM.
NEWS UPDATE JULY 22, 2013
JHNSA's tireless efforts to obtain Jacksonville City Council approval to locate the Adams Class Naval Ship Museum at the shipyard site on the north bank of the St. Johns River continue with key City decisions due to be made in August. The revised Ordinance 2013-408 to place the ex-USS Charles F. Adams DDG-2 at the solid bulkhead pier was submitted to the Council on June 11, 2013 by City Council President Bill Bishop. The ordinance would allow the ship museum to be placed there for no less than 10 years, and it has already been realized by many downtown organizations and businesses as a great positive tourist attraction for the City.
Our long time supporter Mr. W.W. "Bill" Gay has obtained several supporters willing to help us guarantee almost half of the required line of credit needed to get through the first steps of bringing the Charles F. Adams to Jacksonville - ship restoration, berthing site preparation, tow of the ship, volunteer restoration/preparation of museum displays, and opening the museum for the first year of operation. Financial support and volunteers from ACVA veterans are still needed to help make the museum development a reality. The new Downtown Jacksonville site is less costly and will enable more tourist visits to help the local economy and local businesses.
The Adams Class Veterans Association is an IRS registered 501(c)(3) Charitable Organization.
What is a ship, really?
Most people look at a ship as nothing more than a bunch of iron and steel. A sailor sees it as a living being conceived in a shipyard; the hopes, dreams and pride of those who built her - from the grandmother who helped assemble her electronics to the welders and pipe fitters who turn her into something recognizable. Eventually the day comes when she is commissioned and her crew breathes life into her hull. Her radar and lookouts are her eyes, sonar her ears, radios her voice and engines her heart. She reflects her crews attitude, their hopes and dreams. In her life time she will see about 10-15 complete crews man her, until that sad day when Uncle Sam says 'Thank you for your service" and she is retired.
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