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Lake Charles to vote whether to dock WW2-era ship

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Posted: Mar 17, 2010 5:08 AM by Andrea Fontenot
Updated: Mar 17, 2010 5:17 AM
Source: Associated Press

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Topics: warship, Navy, destroyer, WW2, WWII, World War II, USS Orleck, vote, Lake Charles, Orange, Texas, Calcasieu River

The Lake Charles City Council will vote today on whether to give the USS Orleck, a World War II-era destroyer, a permanent lakefront site.

Supporters plan to bring the ship temporarily whether or not the city approves an agreement with the ship's supporters.

It's to be towed on Friday from Orange, Texas, to a Calcasieu River spot where a Lake Charles businessman will let it stay for free.

After 37 years in the U.S. Navy, the Orleck was given to the Turkish Navy.

In 2000, it was towed from Turkey to Orange to be refurbished as a war museum.

It costs $10,000 a month to dock it in Orange.

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