City is One Step Closer to Opening Naval Warship Museum

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JACKSONVILLE, Fla. - July 30, 2014 - PRLog -- Another hurdle is clear to establish Florida’s first naval warship museum in Jacksonville. This week the City of Jacksonville (COJ) Waterways Commission voted unanimously to approve the request by the Downtown Development Authority (DIA) to oversee the Development and Licensing Agreement to operate the USS ADAMS Museum at the Shipyards Property. JHNSA will appear before the Finance Committee and the RCD/PHS Committee with the full City Council vote expected August 12th.

Joe Snowberger, Commodore and CEO of the USS ADAMS Museum said, “This vote is a big step that assures the USS ADAMS Museum will have a legal home in Downtown Jacksonville. We are grateful to our city and county leaders for their vision in approving this vital project. Now, they and we, are turning to the whole community to thank them for their support and to ask those who have yet to support this project to come aboard and help us “Bring Home the Adams!”

The former USS Charles F. Adams (DDG-2) is the last surviving ship of the Adams Class guided missile destroyers; a class of warship that revolutionized naval warfare. The vision to display the Adams as a naval warship museum began with the sailors who served in these warships, but has now become the vision of thousands of residents of the Jacksonville, Florida area.  The vision sees a lasting and fitting memorial established to honor all veterans, to grow tourism and provide hands-on educational programs for our youth.

Jacksonville Mayor Alvin Brown and other city, state and national leaders have all given the stamp of approval to the project. The Navy will release the ship once final funding is secured. At that time, the warship will be restored prior to coming home to Jacksonville. The USS Charles F. Adams Naval Warship Museum will open to the public in early 2015.

If you would like more information on how you can help “Bring Home the Adams” visit,

Dodie Cantrell
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