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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  • Great museum! Really makes you appreciate the life of a sailor and how hard life is for them. Truly we thank them for their service.  more »
  • It was an easy to follow self-guided tour. Lots of information to read and some audio information to listen to. I think it would be better to have a tour guide who can explain things more and tell...  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.

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