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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  • It's a great way to spend a half an hour. Walk around and explore the ship. Well preserved with an interesting story. Definitely recommend it.  more »
  • Great museum ship for a self guided tour. The USS Turner Joy was one of the first Destroyer ships that took part in the Vietnam War. They are doing a great job restoring this ship. Just take your time...  more »
  • Great for all ages. It was our second time to visit and just as fun!! And the weather was wonderful.  more »
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  • Very cool! 90% of the boat is open to public exploring, so you can go into the crew's quarters, the engine rooms, the gun turrets, the captain's area, and myriad other places. Our group's kids (ages 3 to 13) and adults really enjoyed it. Took about an hour for a reasonably thorough exploring at a brisk pace (ie chasing kids around as they sought out all possible doors, stairways, and passageways).
  • Wow! Just wow! Fun to walk through and see how our servicemen and women lived. It's no picnic for those who serve our country, and you can see what kinds of conditions they have to endure. Given the situations, there probably isn't much that can be done to improve it, but it does open your eyes to the value and what they sacrifice to protect our country. The staff at the USS Turner Joy are helpful and the gift shop has great prices and nice memorabilia.
  • Great piece of Naval and US history. Many places to explore including my favorite, the gunner's position inside the rear 5 inch deck gun. It is well worth the time to check this out.
  • Simply Fantastic. A great self-guided tour with several lovely veterans available to answer your questions. A must see.
  • Always a fantastic experience! The cubscouts spend the night and the tour guides are wonderful and fun! It's educational and exciting to see the boys learning so much!

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