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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.

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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.

Dick Harmon

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.


The following link just came in from the JHNSA via Bob Branco, president of the ACVA



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:

  • (A) save the Charles F. Adams and

  • (B) convert her into a museum which will represent ALL of the Adams Class DDG's and their crews.

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.