USS Turner Joy Museum Ship, Bremerton

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USS Turner Joy was one of 18 s of the United States Navy. She was named for Admiral Charles Turner Joy USN . Commissioned in 1959, she spent her entire career in the Pacific. She participated extensively in the Vietnam War, and was one of the principal ships involved in the Gulf of Tonkin Incident.Decommissioned in 1982, she is now a museum ship in Bremerton, Washington.Construction and commissioningTurner Joy was built by the Puget Sound Bridge and Dredging Company of Seattle and commissioned at Puget Sound Naval Shipyard in Bremerton, Washington. Her keel was laid on 30 September 1957. She was launched on 5 May 1958, sponsored by Mrs. C. Turner Joy, and was commissioned on 3 August 1959.Pre-Vietnam War operational dutyFollowing a pre-shakedown goodwill cruise to Central and South American ports and shakedown out of San Diego, Turner Joy began, early in 1960, duty as flagship both of Destroyer Squadron 13 (DesRon 13) and Destroyer Division 131 (DesDiv 131). Based at Long Beach, California, she formed part of an antisubmarine warfare (ASW) task group built around Hornet (CVS-12). She conducted exercises along the California coast until 17 May 1960 when she sailed with the task group for the western Pacific.
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  • We held an after-hours party on the Turner Joy for family and friends. The staff was helpful from start to finish. They were there setting up tables, chairs and tents in the locations we requested and...  more »
  • This was an interesting find. Although a bit more than I thought it would cost ($16 for an adult), you're allowed to roam freely at your own pace. There are several levels and many nooks and crannies ...  more »
  • Enjoyed the chance to see a restored destroyer. It is a Naval historic ship attraction. On the pier going to the destroyer the navy had men in uniform practicing for an event which made it even more s...  more »
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  • This destroyer is very well maintained. I was able to explore almost the entire ship, 90%. I only wish there would have been a tour guide. It is difficult to photograph all the ship has to offer while reading the guide and trying to figure out what is what. However, I am extremely grateful to have had this opportunity. I was in Bremerton to recreate a photograph my Granddaddy took as his ship navigated Puget Sound. I am eternally grateful to all those people who maintain the USS Turner Joy!
  • I love that they let you explore almost the entire ship on your own. You get to climb inside the guns, look into the extensive mechanical rooms below deck, see where the men slept and ate, look out from the bridge and many more. It feels like a time capsule. We spent 2 hours just exploring. We came early on a summer Saturday and it was not crowded.
  • What a great place to explore for an hour or two. You can go above deck and deep below. It's amazing how simple yet complex the technology was back in the day. The volunteers have done a great job keeping the ship in great shape and true life form.
  • It is a great visit but.......beware of the musty smell if you have allergies. There are only a couple of decks that are viewable, unless you can climb very steep steps with chains to hold onto, my 11 year old son wouldn't go down. It would have also been nice to have a better map and signs in each area showing what it was for, they had some signs in some places....but had to guess in others. I feel like we missed part of the ship because it was a little confusing for a land person. It was over very priced in my opinion.
  • It was an amazing tour on that great battleship. The condition it was in all these years later truly blew my mind. The way the sailors lived on that boat and the sleeping quarters of how tight and cramped it was for them to live on that ship was mind blowing. Thank you so much for everyone that served in the military and served for our country and had to risk their lives for the freedom we have today.
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