Latest News on Adams Class Museum
NEWS UPDATE MAY 11, 2016
To: USS Charles F. Adams DDG-2 Shipmates,
Memo from Ed Metka, a fellow DDG-2 FTM1 crew mate
My name is Ed Metka and I served on the USS Charles F Adams from 1972
thru 1976 as FTM-1. I am attending the Tin Can Sailors National Reunion in
Branson, Missouri, Sept. 25 to 29, 2016 and would love to see a lot of CF
Adams crew attend. If you can't make it this year and want to think about next
year, 2017, the TCS National Reunion is planned for Philadelphia. It has been
3 years since OUR LAST DDG-2 reunion in Jax in 2013. so lets get together in
Branson and remember our great days on the Charlie Deuce.
You can learn more about the annual Tin Can Sailors Reunion event, at website http://www.destroyers.org/events/Coupons/M0416-TCS%2017.pdf or give me
a call at 717-766-4901, OR check the full page ad in the recent May/Jun/July
TCS Newsletter Page 17.
I hope to see a lot of DDG-2 crew members attend in Branson, MO.
Ed Metka FTM-1 72-76 email@example.com
Note about DDG-2 Status
Dave Myerly - ACVA Executive and membership Secretary
I agree with Ed about having a number of DDG-2 crew get together in Branson.
The last two years the Adams crew was invited to be part of the DDG-19 reunion
and we were able to make it a combined DDG-19 / DDG-2 reunion. About 20-25
DDG-2 crew attended each year. It would be great if those from DDG-2 attending could "Officially Represent" USS Charles F. Adams DDG-2 during TCS events.
I would hope our DDG-2 participants would discuss the need to start a "DDG-2
Reunion or Crew Group" to formally represent our ship at future events as the
ACVA & JHNSA get the ship from NAVSEA. I have tried for several years to move
this idea along to start a formal DDG-2 group and hosted online discussions and chats, personal emails and phone calls. However, between myself and 10-15 others
interested mates we came to the conclusion that more participation were needed
before this could happen.
After ACVA and JHNSA formally get the ship from NAVSEA, we will bring it to
Jacksonville to become a museum ship and represent "ALL ADAMS CLASS DDG Ships". ACVA has recognized all formal groups from every Adams Class DDG
Ship, 33 in all, EXCEPT for the USS Charles F. Adams DDG-2. Formal groups
from every other DDG Adams Class Ships include crew members from, DDG-3 to 24
and the Australian DDG's, (DDG-38, DDG-39, and DDG-41), German DDG's,labeled
FGS, (DDG-28 FGS D185, DDG-29 FGS D186 & DDG-30 D187) and Greece. Some
US DDG ships went to Greece after decommissioning and were renamed with Greek
HMS names and given designations F219, F220 F221 etc.
We hope NAVSEA will release DDG-2 to JHNSA soon. Funding has been an issue
but we are slowly catching up with that. In late 2015 we learned the Florida Legislature passed a budget that included $500,000 for the Adams Museum which will become
available after the Navy formally turns the ship over to us. JHNSA became the formal contact with NAVSEA late last year. Our NAVSEA approved plans are in place and
we are ready to accept DDG-2, and really begin work.
Immediately after getting our ship the first work will be to have it go into dry dock
for some hull work and required Coast Guard Inspections and Certification before
towing can be allowed. Then we will have it towed to Mayport / Jacksonville. Towing is planned and arranged. NOTE: Many ask how they can "RIDE THE SHIP". Please
see the paragraph at the end of this memo. If we have no delays at the Philly
shipyard we expect the Charlie Deuce will arrive at Mayport and be taken directly to a
shipyard up river and closer to Jacksonville. DDG-2 will need electrical re-certification
and testing to clear hazards and fix safety issues. The shipyard will reinstall radar antennas we have stored in the area and perform other necessary work. They will
reconnect cut and damaged electrical cables, connections, and conduits that occurred
when the Navy did the "De milling" after DDG-2 was decommissioned. They shipyard
will restore basic circuits for lights and fans etc. After this is complete we believe our Volunteers will be allowed aboard and we can commence preparing spaces to have visitors. We are hopeful the ship can be ready for visitors at our designated pier around
Labor Day 2016. .
Our assigned Pier in Jacksonville was changed to Pier 1, because of planned
construction work by the new property owner, Mr. Kahn, He is also owner of the
Jacksonville Jaguars. We have had many delays since our 2004 beginning while
working to obtain the ship and NAVSEA has reviewed and re-reviewed all aspects
of our Donation Application (DONAP). The Pier change requires a revision to our
mooring plan and we are quickly submitting the necessary changes. The Navy will
again review, discuss, question, make changes and satisfy every question and
eventually approve our plan. This takes more time and I wish we could guess how
long but we don't know. Please watch our ACVA and JHNSA web sites for more
information as it becomes known.
"RIDING THE SHIP" (Sea and Anchor Detail)
By Craig Bernat, ACVA Treasurer, April 3, 2016
Many have been calling and inquiring about riding the ship over the years. First, due to insurance, safety, and Coast Guard rules and regulations, NO ONE IS PERMITTED TO
RIDE THE ADAMS FROM PHILADELPHIA TO JACKSONVILLE DURING THE OPEN OCEAN TOW. There may be one opportunity for a small group of people to ride the ship down the St John’s River to the pier as long as the insurance company and Coast Guard permit it. If that would happen an idea has been suggested that we make this a fundraiser
to help pay the $300,000 towing bill. The proposal would be to allow up to 30 individuals
who would sponsor a Hull Plate at $2500 to be line handlers. 20 individuals who would sponsor a Hull Plate at $1500 would be riders or look outs. Previous Hull Plate
sponsorships do not apply. In return for your sponsorship, you would be treated to a
banquet at the hotel the night before, individual & group photos, shirt and ball caps, and
a Hull Plate Sponsorship certificate. Special room rates at the hotel would also arranged
for you. Again this is just one idea being floated so we welcome your comments or ideas Contact me, by phone or email.
ACVA Treasurer, Craig Bernat 814-322-4150
NEWS UPDATE FEBRUARY 13, 2016
Our President, Carl Riedel, has had to step down as President due to health issues. Our Vice President, Steve Incremona, has taken over as President for us. Be advised the “2016 Reunion Information/Registration” document (below) has been updated with new contact info if you have any questions about the upcoming SELLERS Reunion. We all wish Carl a speedy recovery!
NEWS UPDATE DECEMBER 02, 2015
Use the following link to check on the latest from the JHNSA:
2016 Reunion Information/Registration
USS SELLERS DDG-11
Double Tree Jacksonville Riverfront
The 2016 USS Sellers DDG-11 reunion will be held at the Double Tree Jacksonville Riverfront, Jacksonville Florida, October 20-23, 2016. The Double Tree Jacksonville Riverfront Hotel is located at 1201 Riverfront Boulevard Jacksonville, Florida 32207. The Double Tree Jacksonville Riverfront Hotel is set in the commercial and business district of the city center, on the Southbank of downtown Jacksonville. It is surrounded by historic districts including San Marco, Riverside, and Avondale - all of which offer boutique shops, sidewalk cafes, and cultural attractions. For more information and/or to register, download the following Word document:
2016 Reunion Information/Registration
Latest News on Adams Class Museum
NEWS UPDATE OCTOBER 12, 2015
The following email message just came in to me. I have converted it to a PDF document so that it can be viewed on any computer. Click on the following link to download and view the document: http://www.ddg-2.org/ACVA_JHNSA%20Project%20Update.pdf
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.
Team Industrial Services technicians he did a great job working with us, crawling under a lot of equipment in engineering spaces and bilges. The test results showed that there was wear on the hull plates, but no serious problems were identified. When the ship is dry docked, additional UT testing will be conducted from the outside of the hull to verify its condition in areas that could not be reached. Overall, this was a positive step to planning restoration of the ship's hull.
2014 Reunion Information/Registration
USS SELLERS DDG-11
Crowne Plaza San Antonio Airport Hotel
The 2014 USS Sellers DDG-11 reunion will be held at the Crowne Plaza San Antonio Airport Hotel, San Antonio, Texas, October 16-19, 2014. The Crowne Plaza San Antonio Airport Hotel is located at 1111 NE Loop 410 San Antonio, Texas 78209. The Crowne Plaza® San Antonio Airport! is located near San Antonio International Airport and offers area travelers comfort and convenience just minutes from downtown, the River Walk, Henry B. Gonzales Convention Center and important San Antonio businesses. For more information and/or to register, download the following Word document: 2014 Reunion Information/Registration
NEWS UPDATE SEPTEMBER 1, 2011
3rd Annual Gala & Silent Auction - “Launching A Legacy”
October 14-15, 2011
USS SELLERS 2012 Reunion completed in Jacksonville, Florida
The SELLERS Association met with over 50 attendees in Jacksonville,
Florida from 11-14 October. Our headquarters was the Crown Plaza Hotel in
downtown Jax, and the group enjoyed a Welcome Reception Thursday evening,
a fascinating tour on Friday of old St. Augustine, a great dinner Friday
evening with a "SELLERS Trivia Contest and Gift Exchange", a tour of the
USS Roosevelt (DDG-80) Saturday morning, Saturday lunch at the Mayport
Chief Petty Officer Club, and a grand Gala Dinner Event on Saturday
evening on the St John's Riverfront as part of the Jacksonville Historic Naval Ship Association annual fundraising event to "Bring Home the ADAMS" to be the ADAMS Class Naval
Attendees at recent SELLERS Reunion (click on the image to view the full size version)
Click here to see more pictures.
The following info was recently received from Hilton Roberts regarding the passing of two of our shipmates:
"I just got an email from John Charles that Curtis Johnston died February 12, 2012 while on a ski trip to Austria.
He was an ETN2 on Sellers and I made two Med trips with him in '63 and '64. I believe he was at the last reunion and I know he was at the one before that.
I also saw where Joseph Donnell (Vice ADMIRAL, USN, Retired) died recently. He was CHIEF ENGINEER on Sellers and left the ship shortly before the first Med cruise in '63.
Click on the images below for a full size view
This is a view of the location the USS Charles F. Adams will be berthed as
the ADAMS CLASS MUSEUM.
The 2 pictures above show the area in Downtown Jacksonville around where we
will be having our Reunion.
NEWS UPDATE SEPTEMBER 1, 2011
3rd Annual Gala & Silent Auction - “Launching A Legacy”
October 14-15, 2011
Help launch Jacksonville's next success and attend a fun evening! Meet the folks from around the country who are working to establish the first historic Navy ship museum in Florida. At the Saturday evening Gala on October 15th hear Governor Rick Scott share why this ship, this city, this time! Special guest Jacksonville's Mayor, Alvin Brown. It's Festivities, Food, a Live and Silent Auction to celebrate and support the launching of Jacksonville's Adam's Class Naval Ship Museum.
JHNSA Annual Meeting & Reception
Friday October 14, 2011
Fionn MacCools Irish Pub at The Jacksonville Landing
'Launching A Legacy'
Saturday, October 15, 2011
Guests of Honor:
Governor Rick Scott
Mayor Alvin Brown
for more information and to register.
Sunday, February 6, 2011
Jeff Zahratka, who's first ship was the USS Lawrence (DDG-4), has written a book about his career in the Navy, called Sweepers Sweepers Man Your Brooms. This book is now available through the JHNSA, see the
JHNSA Visitor's Center for details.
Tuesday, October 12, 2010
The ADAMS has a Home !!
This evening, at about 5:45 PM, the Jacksonville City Council voted 15-0 UNANIMOUSLY to approve Ordinance 2010-675, which gives the City of Jacksonville's formal support for berthing the ADAMS Class Museum, utilizing the USS CHARLES F. ADAMS, alongside the Acosta Bridge in downtown Jacksonville on the south bank of the St Johns River. This is one of the key legislative steps in satisfying the US Navy requirement to demonstrate the availability of a permanent berth for ADAMS for at least 10 years.
Tuesday, October 5, 2010
This morning, the Finance Committee of the Jacksonville City Council voted "out of the committee" with a 5-0 vote Ordinance 2010-675. This Ordinance is the City of Jacksonville's formal support for berthing the ADAMS Class Museum, utilizing the USS CHARLES F. ADAMS, alongside the Acosta Bridge in downtown Jacksonville on the south bank of the St Johns River. This is one of the key legislative steps in satisfying the US Navy requirement to demonstrate the availability of a permanent berth for ADAMS for at least 10 years.
The next step in this process is the City Council vote on this legislation on Tuesday 12 October. Councilman Bill Bishop and the members of the Finance Committee worked diligently with the Office of General Counsel to tune up the Ordinance to everyone's satisfaction and the bill has been moved forward.
Picture taken aboard USS WISCONSIN during recent SELLERS ASSOCIATION Reunion in Norfolk, VA.
SELLERS men and their ladies aboard USS WISCONSIN (BB-64)
Click here to see more pictures of the Reunion.
Monday, October 4, 2010
The USS SELLERS (DDG-11) Association during their recent Reunion voted to donate $2,500 to the ADAMS Class Museum effort.
The Association will be sending a check this week to help the effort to establish the last US Navy ADAMS Class Guided Missile Destroyer as a Naval Ship Museum on the banks of the St Johns River in Downtown Jacksonville, FL.
In addition, the SELLERS Association voted to hold their next Reunion in Jacksonville, Florida, during the fall "Navy Fleet Week 2012".
Monday, October 4, 2010
JACKSONVILLE CITY COUNCIL FINANCE COMMITTEE TO DISCUSS ORDINANCE FOR USS CHARLES F. ADAMS
Click here to view the press release
Thursday & Friday, October 21 & 22, 2010
"A Series of Special Events - Bring Home the USS CHARLES F. ADAMS to Jacksonville"
(Information current as of September 5, 2010)
For all Adams Class Veterans, active and former military, and interested local Jacksonville residents: From October 21-22, 2010, there will be the second annual series of events to support the effort to “Bring Home the USS CHARLES F. ADAMS” as a ship museum honoring all of the ships of the ADAMS Class in Jacksonville, Florida. The Jacksonville Historic Naval Ship Association (JHNSA) and the Adams Class Veterans Association (ACVA) will be hosting the events at the four-star Omni Hotel in Downtown Jacksonville, a block from The Jacksonville Landing where the ADAMS Class Museum Visitor Center is located.
On Thursday October 21, the first 40 attendees who sign up for our Fundraising Events will receive tickets to a rehearsal of the Jacksonville Symphony Orchestra at the Times Union Center for the Performing Arts. Doors will open at 1:45 PM, and the concert will end about 4 PM.
Later that evening, a Welcome Reception for all weekend attendees will be held at 5:45 PM at the River City Brewing Company. We will muster at 5:30 PM at the ADAMS Class Museum Visitor Center in The Jacksonville Landing and take a boat across the St Johns River to the reception.
On Friday evening, October 22, a Banquet will be held at the four-star Omni Hotel. A Social Hour and Silent Auction will begin at 6 PM. Dinner will begin at 7 PM. Our guest speaker will be Vice Admiral James Amerault, USN (Ret.), the President and CEO of OTO-Melara North America and a new Board Member of the Jacksonville Historic Naval Ship Association (JHNSA). Admiral Amerault is a strong supporter of the Adams Class Museum.
Fee for all events is: $125 per person. The Thursday Reception event only is $55 per person, and Friday Banquet event only is $70 per person.
SIGN UP OPTIONS TO MAKE YOUR RESERVATIONS:
Option 1: Click here to open a Sign Up Form you can print out, complete with the necessary information, and mail to JHNSA with your check or credit card info.
Option 2: Click here to sign up electronically, and submit your credit card payment via the Internet.
NOTE: You must make your room reservations separately . For a room reservation, please call 1-800-843-6664 and ask for the Omni Hotel, Jacksonville, FL and request the “Adams Reunion” rate ($79 plus tax – the rate is good till 1 October). Several parking options are available - at the hotel and nearby, but if you are flying in, taking the shuttle from the airport is easier.
We are urging everyone to sign up for this exciting weekend no later than 1 October.
Also this weekend will be "Jacksonville Salutes the Sea Services", October 21-24, Downtown Jacksonville Northbank Riverwalk. Attractions include:
Click here to see more info about "Jacksonville Salutes the Sea Services".
- Ship Tours on a US Navy guided missile frigate, Coast Guard Vessel, and Deep Water Rescue and Salvage ship
- USMC Armor, Mechanized Unit and Weapon System Displays
- Jacksonville Landing Concerts
- Navy Dive and Salvage static displays
- Interactive Military and Maritime Industry Displays
08/14/10 - THE FLORIDA TIMES-UNION POSTS VIDEO CLIP FROM THE ADAMS CLASS MUSEUM VISITORS CENTER
08/13/10 The Florda Times-Union newspaper (Jacksonville) has posted a video clip about the Adams Class Museum Visitors Center on their website. You can view the video via this link:
This is a replacement for the link which we posted yesterday - the sound has been fixed and the article includes detailed text.
NEWS - March 27, 2010
The Jacksonville Historic Naval Ship Association (JHNSA) has established its own web site at www.adamsclassmuseum.org to provide current information regarding their effort to establish a Naval Ship Museum in honor of the ADAMS Class Guided Missile Destroyers and their crews. This Museum would use the former USS CHARLES F. ADAMS (DDG-2), the lead-ship of the ADAMS Class, as the ADAMS Class Museum. This Naval Ship Museum would be berthed in the downtown area of Jacksonville, Florida, on the bank of the St Johns River. The new web site provides information on JHNSA's efforts to local Northeast Florida and Southeast Georgia residents, as well as to national supporters. The web site is comprised of 21 separate web pages, and contains a wealth of information regarding all aspects of the ADAMS Class Museum project. Please go to the web site www.adamsclassmuseum.org , and get acquainted with this worthy cause! You may note that a link to the JHNSA web site has been added to our SELLERS web site links, above.
Sellers on Facebook
For all you FaceBook folks out there, Tom Pierett (who was on DDG-11 in the late 60's) has posted a number of photos on a "facebook groups" site called "USS SELLERS DDG-11". Try doing a search on FaceBook for "USS SELLERS DDG-11" , "join" the site, and once at the site, click on PHOTOS to see the pictures. You might also want to do a search for Tom Pierett, if you remember him, and re-connect.
NEWS - NOVEMBER 19, 2009
Click on the image for larger one.
Tom Miceli, MM2, sitting on his "FDNY" Harley
next to the USS NEW YORK
Tom Miceli, MM2, and his coworker, Todd,
at the gangway
NEWS - NOVEMBER 17, 2009
Jacksonville Event a Success
The reports are finally coming in from the ACVA/JHNSA event in Jacksonville Florida. See http://www.adamsclassddgvets.org/ and/or http://www.bozair.com/DDG-2/index.html for photos and details.
NEWS - NOVEMBER 11, 2009
SELLERS Association Reunion in 2010
Dates: September 30 - October 2, 2010
Location : Waterside Sheraton, Norfolk, Virginia
More details will be published soon !
NEWS JULY 24, 2009
SHIP RESTORATION FUND RAISING
For the last couple of years Major Supporter and ACVA Member donations have been used in the long process of submitting our Donation Application for ex-USS Charles F. Adams. This process included engineering surveys, marketing studies, environmental studies and permitting. Our ACVA team has donated over $650,000 dollars of cash and in-kind labor to support the project by developing the Donation Application and obtaining all types of shipboard equipment to restore the CHARLES F. ADAMS. In addition, DDG-2 will need to be dry docked and have major hull repairs conducted by a shipyard.
We are opening this significant fund raising drive in hopes of involving larger numbers of DDG-2 veterans. We also want to include Ship Association Groups, companies and/or individuals who would contribute to restoring/replacing the 1245 4 X 8 foot sections of hull plating for the ex- USS CHARLES F. ADAMS DDG-2 and Yards O’ Concrete for pier construction or restoration. In addition, we are planning local Jacksonville Fund Raising Events starting this Fall and we could use volunteers to assist in us in the events.
THIS LINK will provide the details of how you and your shipmates can help us “Restore the CHARLES F. ADAMS.”
JACKSONVILLE FUND RAISING
All Adams Class Veterans in the vicinity of Jacksonville, Florida interested in supporting fund raising events are urged to contact Craig Bernat, ACVA Treasurer and Fund Raising Chairman: firstname.lastname@example.org
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