USS Orleck Naval Museum

Address

604 North Enterprise Boulevard
Lake Charles, LA 70601

(337) 214-7447

www.orleck.org

Date of Official Change:

September 8, 2014

AKA:

Naval Museum

Description:

Mission
To establish the Gearing-class destroyer USS Orleck DD886, docked in Lake Charles, Louisiana, as a lasting memorial to honor the men and women of our nation's Armed Forces; to preserve the history created by the crews who served on the USS Orleck and other U.S. Navy ships; to educate younger generations on the sacrifices made by these individuals to ensure the freedoms we enjoy today through educational, historical, and interpretive programs and experiences for adults and children of all ages; and to establish a first class tourist attraction, and educational and recreational resource for visitors from throughout the United States and other countries. In summary: Remember, Honor, Restore, Educate!

Built in 1945 by Consolidated Steel Shipbuilding in Orange, Texas, the USS ORLECK DD886 was launched into the Sabine River on 12 May 1945, and entered duty on 15 September. She served proudly in Korea and Vietnam, earning many prestigious awards and citations for participation in battle and service to her country, including four (4) battle stars earned during the Korean Conflict and fourteen (14) during the Vietnam War. She was decommissioned in 1982, transferred to the Turkish government, renamed the TCG YUCETEPE, and served the Turkish Navy in the Persian Gulf in 1991. Turkey donated the ship to the Southeast Texas War Memorial and Heritage Foundation (SETWMHF) in 1999 to serve as a museum ship. She returned to Orange by tow 11 August 2000 where she served as a museum ship until Hurricane Rita resulted in the loss of her berth. She arrived in Lake Charles, Louisiana, by tow on 20 May 2010 and was opened to the public on 10 April 2011 as the USS ORLECK Naval Museum. She remains open to the public for tours and special events and is working ward a permanent berth on the west side of Lake Charles near the I-10 Bridge.

The USS Orleck offers:
Laser Tag
Bludd Vessel
October 2nd, 2014 12:00 AM - November 1st, 2014 12:00 AM
Summer Camps

Hours:

Monday-Friday 10:00am-3:00pm, Saturday 10:00am-4:00pm, Sunday-Closed - Private Events Only

Intake Process:

None

Program Fees:

Admission: Adults (13-59) $10.00 Youth (6-12) $5.00 Child (5 & under) FREE Seniors (60+) $8.00
Active Military Members (ID Required) $5.00

NOTE: All children 17 years and younger must be accompanied by an adult.

MUSEUM MEMBERS, NAVAL ASSOCIATIONS, & CORPORATE SPONSOR ADMISSIONS:

USS Orleck Naval Museum Member: FREE Admission (Cardholder Only)

Historic Naval Ships Association (HNSA): FREE Admission (Cardholder Only)

The National Association of Destroyer Veterans (Tin Can Sailors, Inc.): FREE Admission (Cardholder and 1 Guest)

Corporate/Business Sponsors: FREE Admission (Sponsorship Level Specific)

Languages:

English

Eligibility:

Anyone - After hour arrangements can be made for visiting veterans that have served aboard the ship. You can contact our office for additional information.

Required Footwear: All visitors are required to wear closed-toed shoes to board the ship. For safety reasons, all visitors that arrive wearing sandals, high-heels, flip-flops, or slip-on shoes will be asked to change in to closed-toed and full-coverage footwear prior to boarding the ship.

Handicap Accessible?

Yes

Is Shelter?

No

Related Resource

Date of Official Change:

September 8, 2014

Volunteer Opportunities:

Agency utilizes volunteers as tour guides, preserving and restoration, paint, clean, office work, preserve historic artifacts / Summer Helpers Program for children to volunteer -- Call the Ship Office at 337-214-7447 for information or e-mail info@orleck.org. You can also drop by the Ship Office (aboard the ship) to inquire and complete a volunteer application. Please bring a picture ID, such as a drivers license, and your Social Security card, as volunteers are subject to background checks and drug screening.

Address Listings

Physical (Primary)

604 North Enterprise Boulevard
Lake Charles, LA 70601

Mailing

PO Box 4470
Lake Charles, LA 70606

Contacts

Available Staff

Primary Contact

info@orleck.org

Mark Boudreaux

President Board of Directors

Person Ronald Williams

Executive Director

Phone Numbers

Main Number

(337) 214-7447

Legal Status:

Non-Profit

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