USS Orleck (DD-886)
USS "Orleck" (DD-886), was a "Gearing"-class
destroyer. She was named for Lieutenant Joseph OrleckUSN (1906–1943), commanding officer of "Nauset" (AT-89), killed in action when the ship was sunk by German aircraftin the Gulf of Salernoon 9 September 1943and posthumously awarded the Navy Cross,
"Orleck" was laid down by the
Consolidated Steel Corporationat Orange, Texason 28 November 1944, launched on 12 May 1945by Mrs. Joseph Orleck, widow of Lieutenant Orleck and commissioned on 15 September 1945.
"Orleck" operated with the Seventh Fleet in support of
United NationsForces during the Korean War, underwent an extensive Fleet Rehabilitation and Modernization(FRAM) overhaul in 1962, served as plane guard for carriers on Yankee Stationin the Tonkin Gulf, participated in Sea Dragonoperations, patrolled on search and rescue duties and carried out Naval Gunfire Supportmissions during the conflict in Vietnam, and assisted in the recovery of the Gemini IVspace capsule.
"Orleck" was decommissioned on
1 October 1982, transferred to Turkeyand renamed TCG "Yücetepe" (D 345) and stricken from the Naval Vessel Registeron 6 August 1987. On 12 August 2000she was transferred to the Southeast Texas War Memorial and Heritage Foundationat Orange in Texas by the Turkish government for use as a memorial/museum.
When Hurricane Rita stuck the Texas coast in September 2005, the Orleck was severely damaged. After making the necessary repairs, the Orleck was ready to return to its dock at Ochiltree-Inman Park; however, the City of Orange refused to allow her to be return. The ship was temporarily relocated to Levingston Island, where it awaits a new home. Arkansas Inland Maritime Museum at North Little Rock and a site near downtown Lake Charles, Louisiana are under consideration for the new home.
Original price $6,313,000.
"October 3, 2005 - NOAA"
* [http://www.ussorleck.org/Default.asp USS Orleck DD886] , Southeast Texas War Memorial & Heritage Foundation
* [http://www.hnsa.org/ships/orleck.htm HNSA Ship Page: USS Orleck]
* [http://www.ussorleck.com/phpBB/index.php] USS Orleck Association Forum
* [http://www.kplctv.com/Global/story.asp?s=8694706] U.S.S. Orleck Foundation seeks Lake Charles berth
* [http://aimmatnlr.blogspot.com/2008/03/article-about-aimm-and-uss-orleck-in.html] Arkansas Inland Maritime Museum at North Little Rock
Length: 390 feet, 6 inches Beam: 40 feet, 10 inches Draft: 18 feet, 6 inches Displacement: 2,425 tons Armament: Three 5"/38 cal. guns; ten 212" Mk 32 torpedo tubes; depth charges
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