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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 firstname.lastname@example.org
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 Johnís 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 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.
View the links below and pass along to your friends. Please.
Joint Reunion Info from Dick Harmon Reunion Coordinator
Just found out the information I have about airlines flying into Branson, MO is wrong.
At this time there ARE NO AIRLINES flying into Branson, MO on any regular daily or
weekly flights. ALL airlines have stopped flying into Branson, MO. and the nearest
airport is Springfield, MO which is about 80 Miles from Branson.
Getting the USS Adams in Jacksonville is taking a little longer than expected.
Despite expectations in November that the Navy would hand over custody of the ship to Jacksonville "any day now," the Navy has not yet confirmed the release of the ship.
In the meantime, Jacksonville Historic Naval Ship Association CEO Joe Snowberger said the Navy has been asking questions about the city's plans for the Adams. "We're working back and forth with every detail, as we've been doing for the seven years we've been engaged," he said. Topics that have been discussed run the gamut from specifics regarding plans for the ship museum to the marketing plan to environmental details. "Every aspect of the project is shared with the Navy," Snowberger said. "They're about to donate a warship. They want to make sure when the warship goes off, it's well taken care of and well represented. It's still a U.S. Navy warship."
He added that he's not concerned with the time lapse since his previous assessment the ship would be ready in November. "It's not a delay," he said. "It's the world's largest navy, and one of their warships is being transferred out of their inventory. There are a lot of details to do this right." After naval approval, he said, Congress still has to approve the transition, which will also take time.
"With all the things they're asking from us, it all seems to be a smooth process," he said. "The things we are engaged with now clearly indicate to us they are moving in the right direction." While USS Adams supporters are still waiting on the Navy's decision, they're certainly not slowing down, Snowberger said.
ANOTHER STEP CLOSER
The following link just came in from the JHNSA via Bob Branco, president of the ACVA
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.
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.
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About this site
This is a personal website for the
men who served on the USS Charles F. Adams (DDG-2) and their families. I am one of the Directors and the Webmaster for the Adams Class Veterans Association, Inc. (ACVA) and act as
the designated representative to the ACVA for DDG-2. As the ACVA DDG-2 Rep., it is my responsibility to pass on to former Adams crewmen, their families, and other interested parties the status of the ACVA's efforts to:
This is NOT a DDG-2 Association website, since DDG-2 does not have an association at this time. Dave Myerly, another former Adams crewman, is attempting to get a DDG-2 Association going, contact him if you are interested in becoming a part of such an association.