The destroyer USS Turner Joy was the last Forrest Sherman-class destroyer built. While some of these ships were later converted to guided missile destroyers, Turner Joy remains close to her original 1959 configuration. The destroyer has been restored to reflect the appearance during her active years between 1960 and 1982.
Turner Joy's distinctive service included a double-duty role as flagship for Destroyer Squadron 13 and Destroyer Division 131 with several tours in the Pacific. She also stood air-sea rescue duty near the Marianas Islands for President Dwight D. Eisenhower's visit to several Asian nations. In terms of history, this vessel is most remembered for her participation in the Gulf of Tonkin incident which escalated the United States involvement in the Vietnam War.
USS Turner Joy was placed on display in Bremerton in 1991 as a public attraction and Naval Memorial. [HNSA]
|Class||Forrest Sherman Destroyer|
|Launched||May 5, 1958|
|Commissioned||August 3, 1959|
|Displacement||2,800 tons; approx. 4,000 tons full load|
|Crew||17 officers, 275 enlisted|
|Decommissioned||November 22, 1982|