Cold War Destroyer: Inside The USS Turner Joy

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When it comes to combat ships, aircraft carriers and battleships get all the attention. I am certainly guilty of this. I mean, I've toured [/news/tour-the-battleship-uss-missouri/ battleships from the Pacific] to the, well, [/news/japans-114-year-old-battleship-mikasa-a-relic-of-another-time/ other side of the Pacific], and aircraft carriers on [/news/behold-the-uss-midway-the-largest-aircraft-carrier-in-the-world-that-you-can-tour/ both] US [/news/a-tour-of-the-intrepid-sea-air-and-space-museum/ coasts].
However, there's something to be said about destroyers. These are fast, maneuverable vessels once dedicated to escort duties, but now filling a wide variety of roles. Few are preserved as museum ships. Many don't even make it to the scrap stage, instead being used as target practice in fleet exercises.  

The [ USS Turner Joy] is different. She's one of only a handful of destroyer museum ships, largely because of her involvement in the Vietnam War's [ Gulf of Tonkin Incident]. She served many roles in her 23-year career, saw extensive combat in Vietnam, and thác bản giốc today sits in Bremerton, Washington, close to the Puget Sound Naval Shipyard where she was first commissioned in 1959.

Best of all, she is almost entirely accessible, making for a fascinating and extensive tour. Click through the gallery below for my photos, or read on for more about the ship.