USS Adams Home


Since 2007, the Jacksonville Historic Naval Ship Association (JHNSA) has worked tirelessly to bring the former USS CHARLES F. ADAMS (DDG-2) back to Jacksonville as Florida’s first naval ship museum.

The ADAMS played a key role in our Navy’s history and was stationed in Mayport for 21 of her 30 years of service life. She is the last surviving ship of the Adams Class guided missile destroyers and was the first guided missile destroyer built from the keel up by the U.S. Navy as a guided missile ship. This heralded a new age of U.S. Navy ships with advanced guided missile weapons systems. The ADAMS revolutionized naval warfare from two aspects, anti-air warfare and anti-submarine warfare.

The ADAMS will be a fitting memorial to honor all veterans, especially the Sailors who served on this special class of warship; it will help educate our youth about STEM careers; and will contribute to the economic growth of Downtown Jacksonville.

We are in the final stage of acquiring the ship from the U.S. Navy but WE NEED YOUR HELP!  Please help us raise the needed funds to cover our operating and staff costs, so we can bring this important piece of history back to Jacksonville to share with our community and generations to come.

Learn more about our fundraising efforts at  We also have corporate sponsorships available for The USS Adams Museum.  Please contact us for more information.

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