Lend a Hand to support the USS Joseph P. Kennedy Jr DD850.

As with any ship, maintenance and upkeep are a daily challenge. Couple this with a vessel being in a museum without a dedicated full time crew, and the needs become apparent. There are many ways that individuals can support the JPK to ensure she interprets the story of Destroyers and the US Navy to the public.

Support Restoration projects

Many great restoration projects are always underway on "Joey P" to reflect the active Navy service of the late 60s and early 70s. Some upcoming projects include the restoration of the After Officers Quarters, Radar Equipment Room, ASROC and Torpedo Stowage Magazine, and After Fireroom.

Please email the Friends for more information and how you can get involved.

Volunteer aboard

A major way that one can support DD850 is by joining her current crew. Volunteers are needed for restoration, preservation, visitor interaction, and display security. We hold Volunteer Field Day events every May and October in which active duty military, veterans, civilians, youth organizations, and others can live, work, and sleep aboard ship while completing various work projects. Volunteers programs are also available on a weekly and monthly basis.

Please click here to learn more about what a Field Day is.

Please email the Friends for more information.

Ship Equipment and Tool Needs

JPK DD850 was missing much of her original equipment when she began service as a museum. This equipment removal coupled by the elements over time create a challenge to her continued restoration.

Please click here to see a "Wish List"