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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  • This is a very well-done museum ship that allows a hands-on experience in certain areas. The tour is self-guided but if you are lucky you may run across a maintenance person who will tag along and...  more »
  • We visited early in the morning on a weekday and we were the only people on the ship touring. You can spend at about 1 to 2 hours here. It is a self-guided tour. The ship is very interesting. If you....  more »
  • It is an interesting experience for someone who has never been in the navy to be in the presence of such a magnificent machine. One can easily feel the power of the machine and imagine the...  more »
  • At first I thought it cost a lot to go on a ship and walk around, but wow! There is a ton to see. The best part is they have almost everything open for the kids to touch and play on! Most museums like this get nervous about kids, but one of the docents was telling us about party of the ship and didn't even bat an eye as my nephew started turning dials in the wall while he was talking. We spent at least 2.5 hours here and the kids would have stayed to play their games there longer.
  • Great floating museum. It is a self guided tour but most of the ship was open to see. Information placards were placed throughout the ship explaining the different areas. A guided tour would have been nice.
  • We enjoyed our visit! The guide we had the honor of meeting was a vet that served aboard during one tour in Vietnam. What a great source of information. So much to see and exploring the ship was a blast!
  • My niece and nephews had a blast day day! This place is an amazing one. The kids enjoyed and learned at the same time. It is a very wise decision they turned this to a museum.
  • War ship. Unreal to realize the size of this ship. My husband served in brown water navy...showing me the ship by my husband was wonderful.

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