LS3 Noel Perry, from Atlanta, and LSSN Samantha Coccetti, from Moyock, N.C., scare victims during The Haunted Ship tour aboard USS Turner Joy (DD 951) on Friday. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Kenneth Abbate/Released)

Story by MCSN Justin Johndro

BREMERTON, Wash. – Thirty USS John C. Stennis (CVN 74) Sailors volunteered more than 600 hours aboard The Haunted Ship scaring hundreds of kids and adults this Halloween weekend.

The Sailors helped decorate the 52-year-old USS Turner Joy (DD 951), located at the east end of the Bremerton boardwalk, by setting up lights, painting the bulkheads with fake blood and dressing up in costumes to help create a Halloween spirit aboard the Vietnam-era Navy destroyer.

USS Turner Joy Haunted Ship coordinator Desiree Steffens said the tour brought almost 1,000 guests in the course of the weekend.

“It was a great turnout, and Stennis was a huge help,” said Steffens. “Whatever we needed them to do, they did.”

The haunted ship was set up as a fundraiser for USS Turner Joy’s restoration and maintenance, ensuring that the decommissioned Navy ship will continue to be available to tourists as a museum like it has for the past 22 years.

Four-year-old visitor Alyssa Haws said this was her first haunted ship experience.

“I was very scared,” said Alyssa. “The alien part was the scariest.”

Stennis volunteers aboard Turner Joy said doing the scaring was fun. Hospital Corpsman 1st Class (SW/AW) Tammy Lowery said it was an awesome thing to be doing this weekend, and if she can, she’ll do it again next year.

“This is about Sailors providing a community service, and working with the civilians aboard the ship was really fun,” said Lowery. “It’s an honor to help out when I can.”

Steffens, on behalf of Bremerton Historical Ship Association and USS Turner Joy staff, thanked Stennis Sailors for their work and dedication in making the haunted ship a great experience this Halloween.

By participating in this year’s USS Turner Joy’s The Haunted Ship, Stennis Sailors provided a Halloween experience to the local community while raising money for the preservation of a Naval memorial and local tourist attraction.

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