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    There will be a mini fleetweek in Jacksonville Florida with Navy ships moored downtown during the Navy League s National Convention. Of particular note are
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      There will be a mini fleetweek in Jacksonville Florida with Navy ships moored downtown during the Navy League's National Convention.
      Of particular note are some activities centered around the ADAMS Class Museum Visitor Center at the Jacksonville Landing. Details as of 3 September are below. Much of what is written about bringing the USS ADAMS to Jacksonville could be said about bringing the USS IOWA to Vallejo.
      I remain active within the endeavor to bring "The Big Stick" Battleship IOWA (BB-61) dockside at the former Mare Island Naval Shipyard, http://www.battleshipiowa.org. Also active within the National Liberty Ship Memorial SS JEREMIAH OBRIEN, pier 45, San Francisco, http://www.ssjeremiahobrien.org - ps she welcomes passengers for her San Francisco Fleetweek cruises.
      Wife Teddy and myself will be attending the special events associated with bringing the USS ADAMS to Jacksonville. We welcome your company.
      Anchors Away for the NLUS National Convention in Jacksonville Florida!
      Phelps Hobart
      Vice President, Veteran Affairs
      Pacific Central Region
      Pacific Southwest Region
      Navy League of the United States

      Thursday, Friday, & Saturday October 21, 22, & 23, 2010

      "A Series of Special Events - Bring Home the USS CHARLES F. ADAMS to Jacksonville"

      (Information current as of September 3, 2010)

      For all Adams Class Veterans, active and former military, and interested local Jacksonville residents:   From October 21-23, 2010, there will be the second annual event 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. There will also be a mini-Fleet Week that weekend in downtown Jacksonville, with several ships moored Downtown and we will get these activities and times out to you when they become firm.

      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 end about 4 PM.

      Later on OCT 21st, 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 Visitor Center in The Jacksonville Landing and take a boat across the river to the reception.

      On Friday night a Banquet will be held at the 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) and a strong supporter of the Adams Class Museum.

      Fees for all events are: $125 per person – Thursday event only is $55 pp and Friday event only is $70 pp.

      For a room reservation, please call 1-800-843-6664 and ask for the Omni Hotel, Jacksonville, FL and ask for 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.

           Please mail your $125 event fee no later than 1 October to:

           Event Coordinator,

           Jacksonville Historic Naval Ship Association,

           2 Independent Drive, Suite 144,

           Jacksonville, Florida 32202. PH 904-647-5177


      Chief of Naval Operations Endorsement

      “The ADAMS Class Veterans Association and the Jacksonville Historic Naval Ship Association are truly undertaking a worthwhile cause. The CHARLES F. ADAMS Museum will represent all of the DDGs of this historic class of destroyers. The Museum will be a fitting and dynamic tribute to the many Navy veterans who served on these great ships.”
      G. Roughead, Chief of Naval Operations.

      The Jacksonville Historic Naval Ship Association (JHNSA) is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization of Northeast Florida residents, local Jacksonville businessmen, and retired military veterans who have the vision of establishing the former guided missile destroyer USS CHARLES F. ADAMS (DDG-2) as a Naval Ship Museum in downtown Jacksonville on the banks of the St Johns River. JHNSA is teamed with the Adams Class Veterans Association, Inc. (ACVA) (also a 501(c)3 non-profit) to obtain donation of the USS CHARLES F. ADAMS from the U.S. Navy.

      This Naval Ship Museum would be:

      1. A great tourist attraction that would bring "excitement back to downtown Jax"! And as well, bring people and business to the downtown area from the local area and from across the country.

      2. Successful due to the "win-win" business ventures that have been established between the Naval Ship Museum and local businesses (lodging, food, restaurant, catering, hotels, transportation, etc.). The year round operation in Florida’s climate will make Museum self sustaining, and economically able to meet and exceed all Museum expense requirements, as well as help local businesses grow and prosper

      3. Support our youth educational and civic activities programs by working with local schools as follows:

      • Offer "Camp Aboard" programs where kids learn science, history, and heritage.

      • Be a place for Navy League Sea Cadets, Boy Scouts, High School JNROTC units, Jacksonville University ROTC unit, and other youth groups to have events, ceremonies, training, camp aboard weekends, lectures, etc.

      • Note - SE Georgia JNROTC units have already said they will come to Jax for Camp Aboard weekends... they now go to Charleston.

      • Duval County Public Schools are very interested in having classes on board.

      4. No expense to taxpayer

      5. An exciting place to have dinners & social events (July 4th, Memorial Day, Veterans Day, New Year Celebration) with a spectacular view of City and riverfront

      6. A fitting Memorial honoring all military veterans, the ships of the Adams Class, and Navy sailors, along with being an appropriate place to hold ceremonies on July 4th, Veterans Day, and Memorial Day.

      7. Place that remembers and educates visitors on the Cold War, how it was won, the sacrifices that were made to win it, and the reason why winning the Cold War was so important.

      8. Recognize the fact that ADAMS was the first ship in the Navy built from the keel up as a guided missile ship, along with other cutting-edge technologies/weapons, which made her the beginning of today's high-tech Navy.

      9. A really fun thing to do in downtown Jacksonville due to the many interesting historical aspects of the ship, ship tours, and ship experience (like the "battle scenario" in the Combat Information Center). This impressive museum will have several inter-active exhibits and many displays throughout the ship.

      10. The only US Navy museum ship between Charleston SC and Mobile AL (there are none in Georgia or Florida).

      A lot of individuals and organizations have already expressed their written support for this project, including the Florida Secretary of State, the Florida Director of Veterans' Affairs, Duval County Public Schools, Jacksonville area Boy Scouts, Jacksonville Sea Cadets, Jacksonville University ROTC, Northeast FL and Southeast GA JNROTC units, and numerous veterans groups from around the country.

      JHNSA is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization, and all donations are tax deductible.

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