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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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  • Was able to foam freely about much of the ship on most levels. Was interesting to see what it is like inside one of these legacy warships. 
  • We visited the ship on a whim and I'm so glad we did. On a Sunday morning right when they opened, it was not busy at all so I felt like we practically had the ship to ourselves. Within the ship, you a...  read more »
  • Do something different and fun. Get on the state Ferry to Bremerton for $4.00 and go visit a real naval destroyer. The USS Turner Joy was a joy to discover. Explore its many compartments, engine room,...  read more »
  • 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 was an amazing piece of Naval History :-) they say it was 90% available but a lot of places for blocked off so I'm not sure that was correct however it was a maze well kept mechanics full of History! It is not handicap accessible and folks that can't climb really steep ladders might want to try something else...
  • My father was stationed on this destroyer during his stint in the Navy and did several tours in Vietnam on her. We had many a family dinner in the Officer's mess when he was stationed in Coronado. He retired in 1979 after 26 years of service. I found out about 10 years ago the ship had been decommissioned and was sitting in Bremerton as a floating museum. I flew to Virginia, got my dad, and we drove over 3,000 miles just so he could visit her one last time. Such great memories! Almost everyone we encountered stop my dad to thank him for his service. I've never been more proud of my dad! If you ever get the chance to visit the Turner Joy, you should. You won't be sorry!
  • Awesome place to learn some history about many parts of the destroyer that has many things to read and watch and interact with including all the original ship equipment, they have self guided tours and guided tours so you can go at your own pace or hear from a person that knows about the ship. I would recommend this for kids 6 and up because for some of the levels of the ship require you to go down steep stairs. Overall I would recommend this as a fun daytrip.
  • How can you not give his five stars?!? We've done a ton of ship tours and this one is the best of them. Signage is informative and nice little audio recordings for the bridge and sonar room.
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