The Plan


The Jacksonville Historic Naval Ship Association (JHNSA) is at FULL SPEED towards establishing Florida’s first naval warship museum. Located on the beautiful and historic St. Johns River in Downtown Jacksonville, the USS ADAMS Museum will be a breathtaking state-of-the-art, interactive museum aboard the USS Charles F. Adams (DDG-2.) The “Charlie Deuce” represents an entire class of advanced warships that served the U.S. Navy for more than 30 years during the Cold War.

The people of Jacksonville have a long & rich history supporting the U.S. Navy. Today, Jacksonville is the third largest naval city in the country. With one in four of our area citizens either a veteran or a family member of a veteran, the USS ADAMS Museum is a very fitting tribute to the sacrifices of our American military men and women and their families.

For the past five years, citizens and veterans from northeast Florida and across the globe have worked together to draw tourists, create jobs, and make this vision come true.We NEED YOU to make it to the finish line to bring this world-class attraction to life in Downtown Jacksonville. Won’t you please join the crew to “BRING HOME THE ADAMS!”

Did You Know?

The first operational mission for the Adams in October 1962 was the quarantine of Cuba during the Cuban missile crisis.

Supporting Our Navy Heritage in Downtown Jacksonville

The vision of the USS Charles F. Adams (DDG-2) proudly moored at its Downtown Jacksonville berth began with the Sailors who served on these fine ships. Today, “BRING HOME THE ADAMS!” is the rallying cry for thousands of people who love our community and appreciate how establishing Florida’s first naval warship museum on the beautiful St. Johns River will serve as a world-class tourist destination. “BRING HOME THE ADAMS!” is a vision which recognizes that the ship is a lasting memorial honoring our military veterans.

The Adams Class revolutionized naval warfare from two aspects, anti-air warfare and anti-submarine warfare. The USS Charles F. Adams (DDG-2) was the namesake of and the first in a class of multi-mission destroyers designed and built as a guided missile warship for the United States Navy. Once we “BRING HOME THE ADAMS!” and open Florida’s only naval warship museum, Jacksonville, Florida will gain rapid recognition as the home of the last surviving ship of this very special class of guided missile destroyers.

Why “Bring Home The Adams!”?

Why – For twenty-one years of her thirty year career, the USS Charles F. Adams (DDG-2)’s homeport was at Northeast Florida’s Naval Station Mayport. It is only fitting the Jacksonville community, the nation’s third largest concentration of naval assets, has the opportunity to bring her home to establish Florida’s first and only naval warship museum. The USS ADAMS Museum will be a living testimony to those who served.

Because – The former USS Charles F. Adams (DDG-2) is the last surviving ship of the Adams Class of guided missile destroyers; a warship that helped revolutionize naval warfare. Since the people of Jacksonville, Florida have a history of recognizing and appreciating the men and women of the United States Armed Forces, we are confident they will support this opportunity to create an inspirational world-class warship museum that will attract tourists. The USS ADAMS Museum will serve as the anchor for responsible riverfront development and educate and entertain people from Northeast Florida, the nation and the world. The prospect of having the youngest warship on display in the nation by creating Florida’s first and only naval warship museum will stand as a lasting memorial dedicated to the mission, memory and men and women of the United States Armed Forces. Their service helped secure a free and safe world in which the United States stands as the symbol for other countries to emulate.

The USS Adams Museum

Northeast Florida has been the favorite duty station and retirement area of Sailors for several decades. Florida’s first and only naval warship museum aboard the USS Charles F. Adams (DDG-2) moored on the St. Johns River in the heart of Downtown Jacksonville, Florida, will provide many benefits to local residents, youth, businesses and to this region of the United States. The Adams Class warship served well for several other navies around the world.

The USS ADAMS Museum will be a global draw and increase tourism to the area. This National Historic Site will become the traditional host of one of-a-kind special events on key dates including Fourth of July, Veterans Day, Memorial Day, and related military recognitions. This exciting, inspiring and compelling attraction will dramatically enhance the Northbank Riverwalk of Downtown Jacksonville. The USS ADAMS Museum will showcase Jacksonville’s pride in its military heritage and compliment the “Liberty Hound” Sailor monument on the St. Johns River’s Southbank and the Veterans Memorial Arena and Veterans Memorial Wall at the stadium complex. Downtown businesses and attractions would benefit greatly from the increased tourism in the area. Using the technological and historic significance of the USS Charles F. Adams (DDG-2), we have already begun robust partnerships with Duval County Public Schools, area higher education and vocational programs focused on the Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics plus History (STEM-H) disciplines. The hands-on displays, re-enactions of maritime and military history and interactive exhibits aboard the USS ADAMS Museum will create limitless opportunities to educate our youth in a memorable environment that allows the students to earn course credits.

Additional opportunities exist to educate the youth of our community. We have initiated partnerships with:

  • Duval County Public Schools and local and regional high school based Junior Navy Reserve Officer Training Corps (JNROTC) units.
  • Local and regional Sea Cadet Programs, sponsored by the local Councils of the Navy League of the United States.
  • Local North Florida Boy Scout and Sea Scout organizations, including the seven (7) Sea Scout Ships in the Jacksonville area.
  • Naval Reserve Officers Training Corps (NROTC) units in the Jacksonville area, including the unit at Jacksonville University (second largest NROTC unit in the US), and Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University in Daytona Beach.

The USS ADAMS Museum will be an ideal place for their projects, their ceremonies, and camp-aboard events. Additionally, the ship will be a perfect backdrop for traditional ceremonies (commissioning, re-enlistments, retirements, etc.), and other seasonal and military events.

How You Can Help

As a 501(c) (3) non-profit, the Jacksonville Historic Naval Ship Association (JHNSA) must raise funds locally from donors like you to “BRING HOME THE ADAMS!” Donations from public sources are the sole source of funding for opening and operating Florida’s first naval warship museum. We are honored to invite you to serve as a sponsor of a specific area or item of interest to you through your donation or pledge for support of this initiative.  Join the JHNSA, make a donation or purchase something from our store to help “BRING HOME THE ADAMS!”