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Adams Class Naval Ship Museum

The image below is a rendering of the current proposal.

Adams in Jacksonville

It shows USS CHARLES F ADAMS (DDG-2) berthed at the shipyard bulkhead pier
on the North Bank of the St Johns River in downtown Jacksonville, Florida

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Latest News on Adams Class Museum

{NEW 02/17/2015}


City OKs use of USS Adams for maritime museum in Jacksonville on St. Johns River

Museum should be downtown in 2015


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

The USS Adams, DDG-2, underway at an unknown point in its service life. The Adams was the lead ship of her class of guided-missile destroyers. It was commissioned in 1960 and served for 30 years.

The USS Adams is one step closer to the banks of the St. Johns River. In a 16-1 vote, the Jacksonville City Council agreed Wednesday to the Jacksonville Historic Ship Association's lease agreement and handed over control of the operation to the Downtown Investment Authority."The DIA went to the City Council and said, this is one of our first big projects and we want you to give us permission to move along with it," said Joe Snowberger, commodore of the ship association.

Council voted last year to allow the USS Adams to come to Jacksonville as a maritime museum and be moored at the Northbank shipyards by the Maxwell House plant, which is sitting vacant. Wednesday's vote hands the reigns to the DIA for its most substantial project to date.

JHNSA and ACVA provided an update to the 2014 Donation Application to the Navsea SEA21 office on Friday August 29, 2014. The update included responses to questions about the previous submission.


Jacksonville may be new home for retired warship
(WJXT) Jacksonville

Author: Joy Purdy, 5:30, 6:30 and 11 p.m. anchor, Published On: Jul 16 2014 02:38:50 PM EDT Updated On: Jul 17 2014 07:35:59 PM EDT

In late June WJXT Jacksonville sent news anchor Joy Purdy with JHNSA's Joe Snowberger to Philadelphia to tour the ex-USS Charles F. Adams (DDG-2) and learn more about the Adams Class Warship Museum project that has been actively worked on by JHNSA and ACVA in Jacksonville, Florida since 2007. They were joined by Bob Branco in Philadelphia. He took them through the ship, and provided the ship's history, and showed the tremendous amount of restoration equipment collected by ACVA/JHNSA over the last several years. The link below takes you to the WJXT web site where you can see the video made onboard the ship.



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.

After many years of hard work by so many veterans, we are getting close to bringing her home. Stay tuned for more updates of our effort.



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.


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:

  1. the City of Jacksonville's commitment to execute a ten year lease for the museum site,
  2. the engineering and environmental requirements to obtain legal access to the site,
  3. the breakdown of all capital costs and documented cost estimates necessary to establish the ship museum at the concrete bulkhead pier, and
  4. the documented proof of the financial support to meet all of the capital costs above.

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.

Northbank Concrete Pier at Shipyard Site


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.


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


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.

The Jacksonville Historic Naval Ship Association (JHNSA) continues to work with the offices of City Hall in Jacksonville to obtain the support of the 19 city council members to vote in favor of the ordinance to return the ex-USS Charles F. Adams (DDG-2) to downtown Jacksonville as a Navy warship museum. The warship did serve its last 21 years of commissioned service at the Mayport Naval Station.

The Ordinance calling for city support to return the ship can be viewed at the web site under the drop down bar - Government, Offices, City Council and then Legislative Bill Search by entering the year and bill number - 2013-408. Former City Council President Bill Bishop introduced the bill on June 25, 2013 and was immediately supported by the Council VP Bill Gulliford who is now the President of the Council. The number of City Council members who sponsor the bill is growing, and 10 of the 19 are presently are sponsors of the bill.

On August 6th, JHNSA President Dan Bean and Executive Director John O'Neil attended the second review of the Ordinance before the 9 members of the City Council Finance Committee. The Finance Committee voted 8 to 1 in favor of passing the bill onto to the full City Council for its second Reading before the entire City Council on Tuesday 13 August. Also on that same day, the 6 person Recreation Community Development Committee held their bi-weekly meeting and they voted 6 to 0 in favor of sending the bill forward. The Third Reading and vote will be Tuesday August 27, 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.

On June 25th the Public Hearing and first reading of the Ordinance was held by the City Council with JHNSA President Daniel Bean and twenty enthusiastic supporters present. More committee meetings to address the ordinance revision will be held before the final vote. At this time, new President of the City Council Bill Gulliford, Councilman Bishop and at least 8 other council members support the revision of the ordinance.

Local Jacksonville development designer and community planner Chris Flagg has worked with the JHNSA to provide design concepts for the ship museum with the graphic art work below.

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.

Our Mission

  • Work with all Adams class groups and organizations to Save, Restore and Preserve the USS Charles F. Adams DDG-2;

  • Educate the public on the rich naval heritage of the Adams class DDG ships;

  • Document the roles of Adams class DDG ships in United States history;

  • Show the importance of preserving historic naval vessels and memorabilia for future generations to appreciate.

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.

The ships of this class were, in the tradition of the Navy, named for famous men; from Revolutionary War heroes and Civil War admirals to former statesmen. It is our dream and goal to save the last of this proud class of ships.

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