BENEFITING: JACKSONVILLE HISTORIC NAVAL SHIP ASSOCIATION INC
JACKSONVILLE HISTORIC NAVAL SHIP ASSOCIATION INC wrote -
JOIN BILL BISHOP IN BRINGING HOME THE ADAMS!
The vision of the former USS CHARLES F. ADAMS (DDG-2) being put on display as a Naval ship museum, representing the ADAMS class of guided missile destroyers, began with the sailors who served in these fine ships, but it has now also become the vision of the greater Jacksonville, Fl area and folks across the USA, Germany & Austrailia. That vision sees a lasting and fitting memorial being established to honor all veterans, but especially pay tribute to the Sailors who served in this special class of warship and in the sea services, educate students about STEM careers, and contribute to the economic growth of Downtown Jacksonville.
To excite, inspire, educate and entertain the general public; to create a venue dedicated to the mission, memory and men of the Adams Class destroyers; and to distinguish and define the role of the Navy in securing and maintaining a free and safe world in which the United States stands as the vanguard for other countries to thrive.
History of Efforts to Save the USS CHARLES F. ADAMS (DDG-2)
The effort to save and preserve the former USS CHARLES F. ADAMS as a Naval ship museum began with the Saginaw Valley Naval Ship Museum in 1997 when they began planning to berth the USS CHARLES F. ADAMS in Bay City, Michigan. When the Saginaw Valley Naval Ship Museum decided to use another destroyer for their museum, former crewmen from the ADAMS class ships formed the ADAMS Class Veterans Association, Inc. (ACVA), in January of 2004. ACVA‘S efforts to find a home for this representative of the entire class of ships resulted in the current plan to berth the USS CHARLES F. ADAMS (DDG-2) in Jacksonville, Florida, the ship's home port for over 20 years. The Jacksonville Historic Naval Ship Association (JHNSA) was formed to carry out the mission to BRING HOME THE ADAMS!
“I’m excited to continue my efforts to promote a great project that will drive tourists to the area. We’ve been happy to donate a temporary home for the Jacksonville Historic Naval Ship Association for the last five years at the landing. Let’s help them get into their new home at the Jacksonville Shipyards!” - Toney Sleiman, Sleiman Enterprises