Big changes in store for USS Orleck in 2013 - KPLC 7 News, Lake Charles, Louisiana

Big changes in store for USS Orleck in 2013

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LAKE CHARLES, La. (KPLC) -

A huge piece of history rests on the Calcasieu River, tucked away in north Lake Charles, off Enterprise Boulevard. 

"The Orleck was built in Orange, Texas. It was launched in May of '45 and it was commissioned in September of '45, so it has a link to this area," said Orleck Executive Director, Ron Williams. 

It's that history that Williams wants to preserve and share with as many people as he can. That's one of the main reasons the Orleck plans on moving from its location to share space with the Isle of Capri Casino in Westlake.

"The best place for us - like so many museum ships - is in a very visible place so that you can attract people from all backgrounds who are interested," said Williams. "It's just going to get so much easier to get to." 

While the details in that move and co-agreement are still being worked out, Williams said the first and most important step has been taken care of. 

"You can't do anything on a navigable waterway without the Army Corps of Engineers' approval. So, the fact that we don't need to dredge is a great benefit and made it a lot easier to use that permit," he said. 

That's not the only change in store for the Orleck. Through audio and visual installations, the Orleck's Operations Director hopes to enhance the Orleck experience. 

"We will have audio visual aids," said Sam Nelson. "We'll have video running that will be triggered when people walk into areas." 

New technology changes that only add to the Orleck experience ...

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