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The USS Orleck is docked along the Jacksonville Riverwalk near the Hyatt Regency Jacksonville Riverfront hotel March 26. (Photo by Dede Smith)

Onlookers cheer as USS Orleck arrives in Downtown Jacksonville

Saturday, Mar. 26, 2022 |

The USS Orleck is docked along the Jacksonville Riverwalk near the Hyatt Regency Jacksonville Riverfront hotel March 26. (Photo by Dede Smith)

Fireboats greeted the USS Orleck with a watery show. (Photo by Dede Smith)

Saturday, Mar. 26, 2022 |

Fireboats greeted the USS Orleck with a watery show. (Photo by Dede Smith)

More watery fanfare for the Orleck. (Photo by Dede Smith)

Saturday, Mar. 26, 2022 |

More watery fanfare for the Orleck. (Photo by Dede Smith)

Boats greet the Orleck as it is tugged in to Downtown. (Photo by Dede Smith)

Saturday, Mar. 26, 2022 |

Boats greet the Orleck as it is tugged in to Downtown. (Photo by Dede Smith)

TIAA Bank Field and Daily's can be seen in the distance as the Orleck nears the Riverwalk. (Photo by Dede Smith)

Saturday, Mar. 26, 2022 |

TIAA Bank Field and Daily's can be seen in the distance as the Orleck nears the Riverwalk. (Photo by Dede Smith)

The USS Orleck is moved into position along the Riverwalk. (Photo by Dede Smith)

Saturday, Mar. 26, 2022 |

The USS Orleck is moved into position along the Riverwalk. (Photo by Dede Smith)

The tugboat Elsbeth III pushes the USS Orleck toward the dock.

Saturday, Mar. 26, 2022 |

The tugboat Elsbeth III pushes the USS Orleck toward the dock.

Crowds watch as the USS Orleck nears the dock.

Saturday, Mar. 26, 2022 |

Crowds watch as the USS Orleck nears the dock.

The Orleck was inspected and underwent $2.05 million of repairs and preservation work in Texas.

Saturday, Mar. 26, 2022 |

The Orleck was inspected and underwent $2.05 million of repairs and preservation work in Texas.

The USS Orleck is the most-decorated post-World War II ship and received 14 battle stars and dozens of awards.

Saturday, Mar. 26, 2022 |

The USS Orleck is the most-decorated post-World War II ship and received 14 battle stars and dozens of awards.

Named after Lt. Joseph Orleck, the ship was called the “Top Gun” of Vietnam.

Saturday, Mar. 26, 2022 |

Named after Lt. Joseph Orleck, the ship was called the “Top Gun” of Vietnam.

The USS Orleck is moored near the Hyatt Regency Jacksonville Riverfront hotel

Saturday, Mar. 26, 2022 |

The USS Orleck is moored near the Hyatt Regency Jacksonville Riverfront hotel

Saturday, Mar. 26, 2022 |

The tugboat Elsbeth III pulls the USS Orleck in the St. Johns River near Fort Caroline. (Karen Brune Mathis)

Saturday, Mar. 26, 2022 |

The tugboat Elsbeth III pulls the USS Orleck in the St. Johns River near Fort Caroline. (Karen Brune Mathis)

The Orleck was in service in the U.S. from 1945 to 1982. In 2010, it opened as a museum in Lake Charles, Louisiana.  (Karen Brune Mathis)

Saturday, Mar. 26, 2022 |

The Orleck was in service in the U.S. from 1945 to 1982. In 2010, it opened as a museum in Lake Charles, Louisiana.  (Karen Brune Mathis)

A onlooker watches as the Orleck passes. (Karen Brune Mathis)

Saturday, Mar. 26, 2022 |

A onlooker watches as the Orleck passes. (Karen Brune Mathis)

A crowd gathers on a dock to see the Orleck. (Karen Brune Mathis)

Saturday, Mar. 26, 2022 |

A crowd gathers on a dock to see the Orleck. (Karen Brune Mathis)

The Orleck heads toward Downtown. (Karen Brune Mathis)

Saturday, Mar. 26, 2022 |

The Orleck heads toward Downtown. (Karen Brune Mathis)

A Jacksonville Historic Naval Ship Association image of the USS Orleck arriving near Downtown.

Saturday, Mar. 26, 2022 |

A Jacksonville Historic Naval Ship Association image of the USS Orleck arriving near Downtown.

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