Orleck in 1964
|Builder:||Consolidated Steel Corporation, Orange, Texas|
|Laid down:||28 November 1944|
|Launched:||12 May 1945|
|Commissioned:||15 September 1945|
|Decommissioned:||1 October 1982|
|Struck:||6 August 1987|
|4 battle stars (Korea)|
|Fate:||Transferred to Turkey, 1 October 1982|
|Name:||TCG Yücetepe (D 345)|
|Acquired:||1 October 1982|
|Fate:||Returned to the USA, 12 August 2000
Museum ship at Orange, Texas
|Notes:||moved to Lake Charles, La, and opened in September 2010.|
|Class & type:||Gearing-class destroyer|
|Displacement:||2,616 long tons (2,658 t) standard
3,460 long tons (3,516 t) full
|Length:||390 ft 6 in (119.02 m)|
|Beam:||40 ft 10 in (12.45 m)|
|Draft:||14 ft 4 in (4.37 m)|
|Propulsion:||General Electric geared turbines
60,000 shp (45 MW)
|Speed:||36.8 knots (68.2 km/h; 42.3 mph)|
|Range:||4,500 nmi (8,300 km) at 20 kn (37 km/h; 23 mph)|
|Armament:||• 6 × 5"/38 caliber guns
• 12 × 40 mm AA guns
• 11 × 20 mm AA guns
• 10 × 21 in (533 mm) torpedo tubes
• 6 × depth charge projectors
• 2 × depth charge tracks
USS Orleck (DD-886), was a Gearing-class destroyer in service with the United States Navy from 1945 to 1982. In October 1982 she was sold to Turkey and renamed Yücetepe (D 345). After her final decommissioning the Turkish government transferred Yücetepe to the Southeast Texas War Memorial and Heritage Foundation at Orange, Texas (USA), where she was berthed as a museum ship. The Orleck Foundation then decided to move the ship to the Calcasieu River in Lake Charles, Louisiana.
She was named after Lieutenant Joseph Orleck USN (1906–1943), commanding officer of Nauset (AT–89), killed in action when the ship was sunk by German aircraft in the Gulf of Salerno on 9 September 1943, and posthumously awarded the Navy Cross.
Orleck was laid down by the Consolidated Steel Corporation at Orange, Texas on 28 November 1944, launched on 12 May 1945 by Mrs. Joseph Orleck, widow of Lieutenant Orleck, and commissioned on 15 September 1945. Her original cost was $6,313,000 US$.
Orleck underwent an extensive FRAM I overhaul in 1962.
On 7 June 1965, Orleck assisted in the recovery of the Gemini IV space capsule.
During the Vietnam War, Orleck served as plane guard for aircraft carriers on "Yankee Station" in the Gulf of Tonkin, participated in "Operation Sea Dragon", patrolled on search and rescue duties, and carried out naval gunfire support missions.
Orleck was decommissioned on 1 October 1982 and stricken from the Naval Vessel Register on 6 August 1987.
On 12 August 2000, the Turkish government transferred Yücetepe to the Southeast Texas War Memorial and Heritage Foundation at Orange, Texas, for use as a memorial and museum under her old name, USS Orleck.
When Hurricane Rita stuck the Texas coast in September 2005, Orleck was severely damaged. After repairs, Orleck was ready to return to her pier at Ochiltree-Inman Park; however, the City of Orange refused to allow her to return. Orleck was temporarily relocated to Levingston Island, then moored north of Orange Harbor Island at Coordinates: .
On 6 May 2009, the Lake Charles, Louisiana City Council voted in favor of an ordinance authorizing the City to enter into a Cooperative Endeavor Agreement with the USS ORLECK. On 20 May 2010 it moved to Lake Charles, Louisiana where it is now on display. The Grand Opening in Lake Charles occurred on 10 April 2011.
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