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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  • Wow! This was great. We didn't realize it was a self-guided tour so you can explore almost the whole ship at your own pace. You can tour about 90% of the ship which includes almost all the hatches. Definitely recommend this for everyone (although not tiny humans, because of the 70° ladders)!
  • It was super cool! One of the best places in WA that I visited. You can explore almost the entire ship and veterans will assist you. They can share a lot of memories, experience from their duties and general info about NAVY.
  • Fun and educational. Able to stroll around at our own leisure, no tour guide. Wish we would have taken more photos. Would have really cool to get on a carrier.
  • Great places if you are a die-hard fan of cold war era military or a casual person who just want to have some fun with your family
  • This is a great self guided tour of an older US Navy destroyer. I was on the ship in 1974 cruising the Pacific Ocean. Took my daughters and grandchildren through the tour and they had a great time. Well worth the visit.
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