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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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  • The USS Turner Joy does not look too big from the outside, but climb aboard and start exploring its decks and you'll find first looks can be deceiving. There's a lot of ship to see within its hull. It...  more »
  • Awesome!! Perfect for a rainy day and then the sun came out to explore the outside deck area. Kids loved it!  more »
  • Friendly and knowledgeable staff. Very family oriented. Spectacular views and incredible history! A must see!  more »
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  • My babe surprised me for my birthday by blind dating me over here. Best birthday present ever. We saw so many cool things on this little destroyer.
  • One of the best military museums I've been to, hands down. What I was most impressed with was the signage EVERYWHERE. I'm a naval buff, so I know quite a bit about ships. This was not dumbed down for the general public at all (a personal pet peeve of mine), with signs explaining equipment such as the decoy reels aft, or sickbay, for example. The cleanliness was also very impressive. It shows that these folks care and have invested a huge amount of time and effort into this exceptional display. It makes me glad I made a donation with my admission fee. They and this ship and its storied crew deserve it.
  • This Military Museum is incredible. It was amazing to be able to experience the past and really get a good understanding of the naval branch in the Vietnam War.
  • The Vietnam war navy ship. I dint have much expectations before going, as I thought it's just a ship. But, I was wrong. It is a monument that depicts the sacrifice of all navy personnel and technolgy years ago. It was great experience to walk through the ship and find all hidden places.. we even were little scared that we may get lost 🙄🙄🤥. Anyways , if you ever visit bremerton make sure you see Turner joy.
  • Was really surprised by this place, ship looks quite small but we were there for hours. So much to see and it just keeps going, always a new area to explore. Kids would love it but you need to keep an eye on them since it was a working ship