Class: Forrest Sherman Destroyer
Launched: May 5, 1958
At: Puget Sound Bridge & Dredging Company, Seattle, Washington
Commissioned: August 3, 1959
Length: 418 feet
Beam: 45 feet
Draft: 22 feet
Displacement: 2,800 tons
Armament:Three 5-inch/54 caliber guns and two Mark 32 torpedo launchers that carry 6 Mark 46 torpedoes each.
Bremerton Historic Ships Association
300 Washington Beach Avenue
Bremerton, WA 98337-5668
Fax: (360) 377-1020
Email: [email protected]
Latitude: 47.564517, Longitude: -122.622013
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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.