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The Charles F. Adams ( DDG ) Class

The Charles F. Adams class of missile destroyers was one of the more elegantly designed classes of destroyers ever built. It's design grew outof the ForrestSherman class and was originally designed as a Forrest Sherman with one five inch gun being replaced by a Tartar missile launcher. As built however,it had a considerably larger hull.

We are seeking information on Charles F. Adamsclass destroyers and their crews. Files, photos andstories may be e-mailed to us.
In addition to our information on the Charles F. Adams Class, you can find more details at and Adams Class Veterans Association

Ships by Hull Number
  1. DDG2 Charles F. Adams
  2. DDG 3 John King
  3. DDG 4 Lawrence
  4. DDG 5 Claude V. Ricketts
  5. DDG 6 Barney
  6. DDG 7 Henry B. Wilson
  7. DDG 8 Lynde McCormick
  8. DDG 9 Towers
  9. DDG 10 Sampson
  10. DDG 11 Sellers
  11. DDG 12 Robison
  12. DDG 13 Hoel
  13. DDG 14 Buchanan
  14. DDG 15 Berkeley
  15. DDG 16 Joseph Strauss
  16. DDG 17 Conyngham
  17. DDG 18 Semmes
  18. DDG 19 Tattnall
  19. DDG 20 Goldsborough
  20. DDG 21 Cochrane
  21. DDG 22 Benjamin Stoddert
  22. DDG 23 Richard E. Byrd
  23. DDG 24 Waddell

Adams Class Veterans Association, Inc. (ACVA Inc.) Goals and Mission:

Our goal is to save a Charles F. Adams Class Guided Missile Destroyer (DDG) as a museum ship. We have members and representatives from all Adams Class DDG Associations (DDG-2 to DDG-24) and those from Germany (3 DDGs) and Australia 3 DDGs).


Work with all Adams Class groups and organizations to Save, Restore and Preserve an Adams class DDG ship. Educate the public on the rich naval heritage of the Adams class ships; Document the roles Adams Class ships played in United States history; Show the importance of preserving historic naval vessels for future generations.

We are searching for a naval ship museum and/or location, willing to partner with us for this project. The ship museum we choose would be designated as the future site for the USS Charles F. Adams DDG-2, and would provide a pier / location and museum facilities to handle the 430 ft long ship. The Charles F. Adams Class ship statistics are shown later in this document.

If your organization or city could benefit from having an Adams Class Guided Missile Destroyer (DDG) associated with your ship museum or regional area we would like to hear from you. Please contact:

    ACVA Executive Secretary
    Dave Myerly
    5 Bush Road
    Denville, New Jersey 07834

The History of the USS Charles F. Adams DDG-2

On June 16, 1958, the keel was laid for the USS Charles F. Adams. ADAMS was the first US Naval ship planned and built as a guided missile ship moving the US Navy from a gunship navy into the missile age. The Adams was built at the Bath Iron Works in Bath, Maine, and was the first in the class of 29 ships. The ship was named for Charles Francis Adams, Secretary of the Navy from 1929 to 1933. Secretary Adams was a world class yachtsman, winning the America's Cup in 1921 as the master of the Resolute. The Adams was launched on September 8, 1959, and commissioned on September 10, 1960 at Charlestown/Boston, Massachusetts.

After commissioning and months of operation and technical evaluations, the Adams made an initial Northern Europe good will tour during early 1961 as the flagship for Commodore Raymond Calhoun, DesRon6. Stops were made at many cities not visited by the US Navy since the end of World War II. From Northern Europe Adams sailed through to Keil Canal to Keil, Germany and was assigned to the Sixth Fleet in the Mediterranean on Mar. 3, 1962. The DDG-2 returned to her home port of Charleston, SC July, 28, 1961.

The Charles F. Adams was designed to meet the new challenges of the Cold War and bristled with more antenna and guidance systems then guns. Adams used new technology as well as conventional weapons. She was armed with two rapid firing, single barreled 5" 54 caliber guns, one twin Tartar surface-to-air missile launcher, ESW gear, one ASROC 8-tube launcher and two triple torpedo tubes. The first active duty assignment was given the Adams Oct 25, 1962 to serve as the first ship sent to oversee the Cuban Blockade. She served as flagship during Cold War surveillance of Soviet submarines in the North Atlantic, patrolled the turbulent waters of Lebanon, Libya and the Persian Gulf when troubles brought the Navy to those regions in the late 1960's, 70's and 80's and later performed drug interdiction duties. The USS Charles F. Adams was decommissioned Aug.1, 1990 and retired to the Philadelphia Naval Shipyard to await final disposition.

In January, 1997 the Saginaw Valley Naval Ship Museum Committee, Bay City, MI. began efforts to bring the Charlie Deuce to the area as a museum. The group quit in 2003 and the Adams Class (DDG) Veterans Association, Inc. began in early 2004. The ACVA has over 400 members and gained support of the CNO, key Congressmen and Senators and many ranking military leaders. The ACVA has met and communicated with many cities and local governments to locate a city suitable to place the USS Charles F. Adams DDG-2.

Adams Class (DDG) Veterans Association, Inc.

The ACVA is a 501(c) (3) non profit IRS organization and has begun fundraising. NAVSEA is the government organization who oversees assignment of US Navy vessels from the retired fleet and ACVA is in contact with them. We desire to file an application with NAVSEA to become the sponsor for the ship and have it released to us to become a museum ship. NAVSEA usually meets in May, and we were told our deadline to submit a full application is March 31, 2008

USS Charles F. Adams is the only DDG remaining in the US retired fleet and is sitting at the Philadelphia Navy Shipyard. Several Adams Class DDG's were transferred to the foreign government of Greece. All were given Greek names and some converted to power barges while others were put in service in the Greek Navy. All have been removed from service, sunk or scrapped. The Australian Government purchased 3 DDG ships and used them in the Royal Australian Navy. All have been decommissioned and sunk as dive reefs at various places off Australia. The German Government purchased 3 DDG ships and used them in their Navy. All have been decommissioned. Two were sunk in exercises however Germany thought so highly of the DDG ships that the FGS Molders was converted into a museum ship and opened in June 2005 at Wilhelmshaven, Germany.

The USS Charles F. Adams DDG-2 has been on "Donation Hold" status by NAVSEA since about 1994. Being on "Donation Hold" has kept the Adams somewhat intact because it has been off limits to scavengers who remove parts and equipment. A group of 15 ACVA members visited the ship in May 2007 with a marine engineer hired to survey the ships condition, The group performed a complete inventory of all spaces and equipment condition. Much original equipment is still intact but has been demilled (made unusable) by NAVSEA but remains available to allow us to use and refurbish to make this a museum ship. The marine engineers report concluded that while needing a great amount of clean up, paint, dry docking and care the ship is still sound and should make a great museum ship.

Dave Myerly
Plankowner DDG-2 RD2 1960-62
Executive Secretary
Adams Class Veterans Association, Inc. (ACVA, Inc.)

Status November, 2007

A 501(c) (3) Non Profit Organization


As our ACVA Jacksonville Team continues to work on acquiring city approval, now is the time we need your support to begin the preparation of the Ship Donation Application to NAVSEA. Wayne Misenar, Bert Watson, Roger Perkins, ACVA Jacksonville Team, and Jim Aldrich with Bob Branco, Directors ACVA City Search, are working hard to make our dream a reality.

We need financial support from the Adams Class Ship Associations and individual ACVA members to obtain the engineering services for the analysis and planning required to prepare the berth, marketing surveys and ship museum organization business plans to gain approval for USS Charles F. Adams DDG-2 to be sited in Jacksonville. The estimated cost for the preparation of the Ship Donation Application is $100,000 and we have until March 31, 2008 to complete and submit these items to NAVSEA. We are also working to obtain corporate sponsorships from the companies that built these great ships and from those who made the hulls and manufactured the hundreds of engineering, weapons, and electronics systems and supply parts that were used on these ships allowing them to serve and steam the world's oceans for over 30 years.

We need your help to make this happen. We request you coordinate your ship organizations and make your own individual donations of support. For those working for companies with Matching Gift Programs we strongly urge you to obtain your Matching Gift Form and submit it with your personal donations. Since ACVA is a non profit charitable organization all donations are tax deductable. All donations should be made via check payable to ACVA, or by pledge commitment and should be sent to:

    Dave Myerly
    ACVA Executive Secretary
    5 Bush Road
    Denville, N.J. 07834

We will continue to keep everyone advised of our progress in Jacksonville.

    Thomas E. Crosser
    President - Adams Class Veterans Association, Inc.

On November 1st, the Jacksonville Waterways Commission (which is tied to the City Council) voted to endorse the concept of berthing ADAMS in JAX. Final endorsement from the Commission will depend on the future submission of a detailed Business Plan, and related Financial Plan upon which work can now begin, given Commission support of the berthing. They understood we couldn't put a plan together without a location defined. The next step will be to go to the JAX City Council and also get their support (about 1/2 of all City Councilmen have already said they support the proposal).

Bert Watson gave a superb PowerPoint presentation and then there was an extensive Question & Answer session. There were 2 Commissioners who, during the Q & A discussion, voiced some concerns (parking, impact on nearby boat ramp, lack of a detailed financial plan, etc). One Commissioner expressed concern that there was "no organization behind the effort". Jim Aldrich explained about ACVA, and our concept that once the City says they support the idea, then a local "501c3 Museum group" will be formed. In spite of the concerns from the 2 Commissioners, these 2 Commissioners voted to Endorse anyway. On the other hand, during the Q & A, there were about half a dozen Commissioners who were very vocal in their outright support of the idea. One had recently been to Charleston, and Patriot's Point, and she said, basically, this is a wonderful thing to do, and can be of great benefit to the City! The failed SARATOGA effort surfaced, but everyone agreed that ADAMS is a much different (smaller, more appropriate to JAX) kind of proposal. Another key point - the Chairman and Vice Chairman of the Waterways Commission are both City Councilmen, and both of these men expressed strong support of theidea.

There were no "NO" votes when the Commissioners voted on the Motion to endorse the ADAMS concept. Bert has been told that he will get a "copy" of the Endorsement.

After the presentation, several - commissioners and people from the audience - came up and voiced strong support of the proposal; all offered support, a couple offered guidance and references to other that might help, and one offered to help directly!

That afternoon, the ACVA JAX Team put together the urgent action items that now must get into high gear - additional fund raising, establishment of 501c3 in JAX, and commencement of work on elements of the Application. This is what we have been waiting for. The door has been opened and it up to us to continue opening it so that we can walk through it. This is why the fundraising letters have been s ent.

We have asked for this opportunity - it is ours for the taking and take it we must. It is a great part of the reason we have banded together. Please contribute some funding, some names and contacts of others who can contribute, and please share the inspiration felt by the ACVA Board and the JAX-ACVA Team! We can now control our destiny - it is up to us to kick this can down the road.

We're picking up knots fast! We owe Wayne & Bert a big ATTABOY for achieving this success!

Jim Aldrich
ACVA City Search Team

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