THE USS ORLECK IS HERE!!

Temporary mooring will be at the Jacksonville Riverwalk near the Hyatt Regency Jacksonville Riverfront hotel as her final home is being prepared a few blocks east in the new museum district. 

Local Media Coverage of the USS Orleck's Arrival in Jacksonville

USS Orleck To Arrive in Jacksonville on 26 March

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE25 March 2022Jacksonville, Florida – The most decorated Gearing Class Destroyer, the USS Orleck is expected to arrive to downtown Jacksonville on Saturday, the 26th of March. The estimated time of arrival to the St. John’s River channel entrance...

USS Orleck is now underway to Jacksonville

It's the time we have all been waiting on! The USS Orleck is on the move toward Jacksonville and will be arriving in 10-12 days. We are very excited to see her in Jax. Use the link below to track the progress on Maritime Tracker: Track The USS Orleck's Trip To...

USS Orleck Inspection Completed – Ship Fate Determined

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE11 January 2022 Download The Press Release Jacksonville, Florida – After extensive inspections and additional Ultra Sonic (UT) testing while in drydock, it has been determined that the ex-USS Orleck is fit to continue to serve as a museum ship....

Jacksonville Naval Museum sends USS Orleck Museum Ship to Drydock

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE16 December 2021 Download The Press Release Jacksonville Naval Museum sends USS Orleck Museum Ship to Drydock Jacksonville, Florida – The city of Jacksonville and local Navy and military Veterans have something to be thankful for this holiday...

Plans for retired Navy vessel stay afloat for becoming downtown Jacksonville museum

Tom SzaroletaFlorida Times-UnionView Original Article The USS Orleck will soon begin a journey from Lake Charles, La., that could eventually bring it to Jacksonville. Jacksonville Historic Naval Ship Association One of the most-decorated post-World War II ships in...

Meet The USS Orleck DD-886

  • Named after Lieutenant Joseph Orleck, Commanding Officer of USS Nauset, killed in action on 9 September, 1943 during World War II, & posthumously awarded the Navy Cross.
  • Gearing Class Destroyer, keel laid in 1944, launched on 12 May ‘45, & Commissioned 15 September, 1945.
  • The “Top Gun” of Vietnam, fired 11,000+ rounds earning the nickname ”Grey Ghost of the Vietnam Coast” & netting an astonishing 14 battle stars throughout the war.
  • In the Korean War become the charter member of the “Train Busters Club” and received 4 battle stars during the war.
  • Received updates to original hull frame that included: ASROC (Anti Submarine Rocket launcher) & DASH (Drone Anti Submarine Helicopter system).
  • Awards included: Navy Unit Commendation, Battle ‘E’, China Service Medal, World War II Victory Medal, Navy Occupation Service Medal, National Defense Medal (multiple awards), Korean Service Medal (multiple awards), Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal (multiple awards), Vietnam Service Medal (multiple awards), Republic of Korea Presidential Unit Citation, Republic of Vietnam Gallantry Cross Unit Citation, United Nations Service Medal, & Republic of Vietnam Campaign Medal.

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