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BB-62 USS NEW JERSEY

Radio Call Sign: November - Echo - Papa - Papa


Iowa Class Battleship: Displacement 45,000 Tons, Dimensions, 887' 3" (oa) x 108' 2" x 37' 9" (Max). Armament 9 x 16"/50 20 x 5"/38AA, 80 x 40mm 49 x 20mm, 3 AC. Armor, 12 1/8" Belt, 17" Turrets, 1 1/2" +6" +5/8" Decks, 17 1/4" Conning Tower. Machinery, 212,000 SHP; Westinghouse Geared Turbines, 4 screws. Speed, 33 Knots, Crew 1921.

Operational and Building Data: Laid down by Philadelphia Naval Ship Yard, September 16, 1940. Launched December 7, 1942. Commissioned May 23, 1943. Decommissioned June 30, 1948. Recommissioned November 21, 1950. Decommissioned August 21, 1957. Recommissioned April 6, 1968. Decommissioned December 17, 1969. Recommissioned December 28, 1982. Decommissioned September 9, 1991. Stricken for disposal 12, January 1995. Retained in reserve; reinstated on the Naval Vessels Register, in reserve, 12, February 1998. Stricken for preservation in New Jersey, 4 January, 1999. Towed to Philadelphia, 12 September 1999 - 11 November 1999.
Fate: Moved to Camden, NJ for preservation as a museum.
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1942 - 1943 Building / Shakedown Cruise
BB-62 New Jersey27kNew Jersey State Crest.USN photo.
BB-62 New Jersey175k New Jersey (BB- 16 / 62) Plaque.USN photo.
BB-62 New Jersey689kNew Jersey's (BB-62) keel being laid at the Philadelphia Naval Ship Yard, 16 September 1940.AP Wire photo courtesy of Ron Reeves, HTC, (ret.)
BB-62 New Jersey195kNew Jersey (BB-62) being built at Philadelphia Naval Ship Yard, 8 July 1942. Bow view looking forward, aft.USN photo.
BB-62 New Jersey147k The main battery and compartmentalization of the New Jersey (BB-62) is apparent in this construction photo at Philadelphia Navy Yard, July 1942. USN photo courtesy of maritimequest.com.
BB-62 New Jersey232kShipbuilders working aboard the deck of the battleship New Jersey (BB-62) at the Philadelphia Navy Yard, 1942.Photographer: George Strock, courtesy of life.time.com.
BB-62 New Jersey245kShipbuilders working aboard the deck of the battleship New Jersey (BB-62) at the Philadelphia Navy Yard, 1942.Photographer: George Strock, courtesy of life.time.com.
BB-62 New Jersey220kTitle of photo is "Battleships at the Philadelphia Navy Yard."Interesting photo despite the lack of battleships in the picture are the supplies lying dockside including 5" guns awaiting emplacement aboard ship.Photographer: George Strock, courtesy of life.time.com.
BB-62 New Jersey160kLaunching program for the New Jersey (BB-62), 7 December 1942 by the Philadelphia Naval Shipyard; sponsored by Mrs. Charles Edison, wife of Governor Edison of New Jersey, Photo courtesy of Ron Reeves, HTC, (ret.)
BB-62 New Jersey648kBeing prepared for launching, at the Philadelphia Navy Yard, Pennsylvania, on 7 December 1942. Note the shape of her after hull, with inboard propeller shafts incorporated in the hull skegs, and twin rudder posts directly aft of them. The starboard outboard propeller shaft is also visible, at right. Text from the Bureau of Ships monograph "United States Battleship Designs for World War II", dated 1 June 1946 via USNHC # NH 93911.
USN photo # 19lcm-26 from National Archives and Records Administration (NARA), College Park, Maryland, courtesy of Sean Hert.
BB-62 New Jersey1.67kA view of the bow of the battleship New Jersey (BB-62) on the stocks prior to her launching at Philadelphia Naval Shipyard on 7 December 1942. Photo courtesy of the US Library of Congress File: 19-LCM-BB62-C2-170-42-A via Robert Hurst.
BB-62 New Jersey1.77kA view of the bow of the battleship New Jersey (BB-62) on the stocks prior to her launching at Philadelphia Naval Shipyard on 7 December 1942. Photo courtesy of the US Library of Congress File: 19-LCM-BB62-C2-170-42-B via Robert Hurst.
BB-62 New Jersey72kU.S. Navy officers wave from the bow of the New Jersey (BB-62) as she is launched at the Philadelphia Navy Yard, Pennsylvania, on 7 December 1942. Anchors and chains hang over the bow, which is higher than a five story building. Associated Press photo & text courtesy of philly.com.
BB-62 New Jersey894kNew Jersey (BB-62) has a weigh to go! Not yet at her 45,000 as she goes down the ways at the Philadelphia Navy Yard, Pennsylvania, on 7 December 1942.USN photo courtesy of Scott Koen & ussnewyork.com.
BB-62 New Jersey122kPart of the building program and a good way to "Remember Pearl Harbor" was this scene at the Philadelphia Navy Yard, Pennsylvania, on 7 December 1942 as the New Jersey (BB-62) was launched into the Delaware River. USN photo courtesy of maritimequest.com.
BB-62 New Jersey1.31kStern first into the water New Jersey (BB-62) goes. Photo courtesy of the US Library of Congress. File:19-N-9283-1720-42-I via Robert Hurst.
BB-62 New Jersey1.68kWaterbourne! Anchors up to the New Jersey (BB-62) at the Philadelphia Navy Yard, Pennsylvania, on 7 December 1942.From the photo archives of the Independence Seaport Museum via David Boone & Ron Reeves.
BB-62 New Jersey524kFive tugs about to push the New Jersey (BB-62) around at the Philadelphia Navy Yard, Pennsylvania, on 7 December 1942.From the photo archives of the Independence Seaport Museum via David Boone & Ron Reeves.
BB-62 New Jersey2.14kTen tugs toil towing a taught line toward the New Jersey (BB-62) following her launching at Philadelphia Navy Yard, Pennsylvania, on 7 December 1942.From the photo archives of the Independence Seaport Museum via David Boone & Ron Reeves.
BB-62 New Jersey18kCommemorative post mark from New Jersey's (BB-62) launching at Philadelphia Naval Ship Yard, 7 December 1942. Courtesy of Jack Treutle.
BB-62 New Jersey114k The New Jersey's (BB-62) No. 2 turret shell deck is seen prior to the installation of the turret rotating assembly. The turret hold-down clips are leaning against the foundation bulkhead, and the central column and powder hoist trunks are visible. The two cone shaped pieces are the training stops for the turret rotation. The canvas cover protects the cones rollers on the lower roller track. U. S. Navy photo & partial text from the book "IOWA CLASS BATTLESHIPS-Their Design, Weapons and Equipment" by Robert F. Sumrall & Tom Walkowiak, submitted by Mike Green.
BB-62 New Jersey83k The main barbette for New Jersey's (BB-62) No. 2 turret is shown on 12 January 1943 waiting for the gunhouse assembly to arrive on site by barge. The top of the barbette is constructed of 17.3" thick Class A armor. The barbette sections taper to 14.8" on the quarters and to 11.6" on the forward and aft section. In the distance, a Cleveland class light cruiser is visible.U. S. Navy photo & partial text from the book "IOWA CLASS BATTLESHIPS-Their Design, Weapons and Equipment" by Robert F. Sumrall & Tom Walkowiak,submitted by Mike Green.
BB-62 New Jersey87kThe upper rotating assembly for turret No. 2 is seen on 12 January 1943 being lowered onto a barge at the Philadelphia Navy Yard Turret Shop. The turret will be barged to the fitting out basin where the New Jersey (BB-62) is being completed after her 7 December 1942 launching. The two openings are where the training pinions will be located, which will engage the training track for rotating the turret. U. S. Navy photo & partial text from the book "IOWA CLASS BATTLESHIPS-Their Design, Weapons and Equipment" by Robert F. Sumrall & Tom Walkowiak,submitted by Mike Green.
BB-62 New Jersey103k The upper turret rotating assembly for New Jersey's (BB-62) turret No. 2 is seen being lowered into the barbette on 12 January 1943.U. S. Navy photo & partial text from the book "IOWA CLASS BATTLESHIPS-Their Design, Weapons and Equipment" by Robert F. Sumrall & Tom Walkowiak, submitted by Mike Green.
BB-62 New Jersey71kNew Jersey's (BB-62) No. 2 turret gunhouse assembly is seen being lowered into position on 12 January 1943. As seen from the side, the turret's 0.75" STS backing plates are installed. The holes in the plates is where the Class A armor sides will be attached with armor bolts.U. S. Navy photo & partial text from the book "IOWA CLASS BATTLESHIPS-Their Design, Weapons and Equipment" by Robert F. Sumrall & Tom Walkowiak, submitted by Mike Green.
BB-62 New Jersey153kThe upper rotating assembly forNew Jersey's (BB-62) turret No. 2 is shown being lowered on 12 January 1943 and is nearly in place in this photo. This photo looks directly into the front of the turret and the center and outboard gun girders are visible. U. S. Navy photo & partial text from the book "IOWA CLASS BATTLESHIPS-Their Design, Weapons and Equipment" by Robert F. Sumrall & Tom Walkowiak, submitted by Mike Green.
BB-62 New Jersey184k23 May 1943. Commissioning of the Battleship New Jersey (BB-62). Some 2,400 officers and enlisted men are on the fantail. To the right and below the American flag is the fire control tower for the main battery. USN photo, courtesy of the Charles Edison Fund.
BB-62 New Jersey113kNew Jersey (BB-62) off the Philadelphia Navy Yard, circa May 1943. Note paravane chain at her bow, and the absence of the usual "Iowa" class bow bulwark. Also note the open bridge. USNHC # NH 92293
BB-62 New Jersey124kAt Philadelphia Navy Yard looking forward at the forward stack and main tower area. Note the quad 40mm Bofors mount in the foreground and the Mk.37 5in/38cal directors on each side of the stack. USN photo.
BB-62 New Jersey 391k Surface view, stern, Navy Yard Philadelphia, PA., 8 July 1943. USN photo # 1054-43 from National Archives and Records Administration (NARA), College Park, Maryland, courtesy of Sean Hert.
BB-62 New Jersey91kA view looking down the superstructure. Visible are two 5in/38cal moounts, a quad 40mm Bofors mount, and two 20mm Oerlikons on the main deck. Note the 'bloomers' on the barrels of the 5in guns, 21 July 1943.USN photo.
BB-62 New Jersey394kNew Jersey (BB-62) fitting out at the Philadephia Navy Yard, late summer 1943.USN photo submitted by Pieter Bakels.
BB-62 New Jersey294kThe New Jersey (BB-62) off the Philadephia Navy Yard on 5 August 1943 as first commissioned, with no tub on the bow, and no 40mm mounts forward of #1 turret nor 40mm mounts forward of #3 turret. USN / BuShips photo #49921, courtesy of David Buell.
BB-62 New Jersey241kWorkers inspect the New Jersey (BB-62) in 1943, before the ship deployed. Note the lack of a 20MM platform at the bow, and the open bridge (no enclosed bridge wrapped around the conning tower). New Jersey had the fully enclosed (but still rounded) bridge when she deployed to the Pacific, and had the "standard" faceted bridge after 1945.USN photo courtesy of David Buell.
Photo i.d. & text courtesy of Richard M. Jensen.
BB-62 New Jersey482kNew Jersey's (BB-62) crew dressed in ranks prior to going or coming ashore. The antiaircraft battery has been increased to twenty 40 mm quads and forty-nine 20 mm single mounts. This includes the addition of the 40 mm mount atop turret #2.
Curved bridge structure is evident along with her S-G surface search radar location, on the forward face of her forward fire control tower. This is the same location that gave the Washington (BB-56) fits during the Naval Battle off Guadalcanal.
USN photo submitted by Pieter Bakels.
BB-62 New Jersey 468k Bow & 2 stern views of the New Jersey (BB-62) off the Philadelphia Navy Yard, 5 August 1943. USN photos # 19lcm-07,8, & 9 from National Archives and Records Administration (NARA), College Park, Maryland, courtesy of Sean Hert.
BB-62 New Jersey96kNew Jersey's (BB-62) three Vought OS2U Kingfisher seaplanes on the fantail on 3 September 1943. Protected by covers from the sea, these aircraft were the forerunners of modern helicopter operations. USNHC # 80-G-82695.
BB-62 New Jersey270kStarboard view of the New Jersey (BB-62) at anchor in Hampton Roads, Virginia, 7 September, 1943. The French battleship Richelieu is off the New Jersey's port quarter.Contributed by Joe Radigan / USN photo.
BB-62 New Jersey247kBridge arrangement as installed, 11 October 1943. U.S.N. photogrqph submitted by Pieter Bakels.
BB-62 New Jersey478kNew Jersey (BB-62): Surface view "off the stern", Navy Yard, Philadelphia, 12 October 1943. USN photo # 1632-43 from National Archives and Records Administration (NARA), College Park, Maryland, courtesy of Sean Hert.
BB-62 New Jersey92kA nice view of the bridge area (and Turret 2) after the post-shakedown refit at Philadelphia. The open bridge has now been enlosed with a rounded structure (the only in the class.) 16 October 1943.USN photo submitted by Pieter Bakels.
BB-62 New Jersey314kMain batteries trained to port. Note the men in the control booth on top of her # 2 turret. USN photo submitted by Pieter Bakels.
BB-62 New Jersey349kForward 40mm guns are dry as the New Jersey (BB-62) forward turret is enveloped in spray, probably during her shakedown cruise in the western Atlantic and Caribbean area, October 1943.USN photo submitted by Pieter Bakels.
BB-62 New Jersey239k New Jersey's (BB-62) forecastle & forward turret are enveloped in spray, probably during her shakedown cruise in the western Atlantic and Caribbean area, October 1943.USN photo submitted by Pieter Bakels.
BB-62 New Jersey134kNew Jersey (BB-62) silhouetted against the sea and the clouds, as seen from a minesweeper, 26 October 1943. She was then engaged in training in the western Atlantic and Caribbean area. Official USN photo # NH 45486, from the collections of the Naval Historical Center.
BB-62 New Jersey59kNew Jersey (BB-62) at the Philidelphia Navy Yard on 29 October 1943. Photo from the rear of the Mk 49 showing the operator's seat and controls. Note that this version has both the optical site and a radar; early versions lacked the radar unit and sites that the later ones possesed. Navy documentation in late 1943 indicated that the optical-only units were no better than the alternative Mk 51s and required much more maintenance; the only advantage the Mk 49 had was in nighttime and low-visibility environments when the radar was installed. Text courtesy of Pieter Bakels.
Photo from the records of Puget Sound Naval Shipyard, Seattle NARA courtesy of researcheratlarge.com via Pieter Bakels.
BB-62 New Jersey90k New Jersey (BB-62) at the Philidelphia Navy Yard on 29 October 1943. Port side looking forward towards armored conning tower. Close-up shot showing basic components of Mk 49 director including enclosed operator compartment and and Mk 19 radar antenna. Both the Mk 11 and Mark 19 radars were used.Text courtesy of Pieter Bakels.
Photo from the records of Puget Sound Naval Shipyard, Seattle NARA courtesy of researcheratlarge.com via Pieter Bakels.
BB-62 New Jersey480k New Jersey (BB-62) catapulting an OS-2U while underway on 20 November 1943 during her shakedown period.USN photo submitted by Pieter Bakels.
BB-62 New Jersey724kPhoto of the New Jersey (BB-62) in late 1943 because she has the post-shakedown alterations (enclosed bridge, but the curved, early bridge rather than the later faceted one). The pristine paint job would suggest prior to deploying. Text & photo i.d. courtesy of Richard Jensen.
USN photo # 19lcm-05 from National Archives and Records Administration (NARA), College Park, Maryland, courtesy of Sean Hert.
BB-62 New Jersey1.47kNew Jersey (BB-62) is a model battleship.
As the model appears at the Naval Surface Warfare Center (NSWC) Carderock, Bethesda, MD.
Photo courtesy of Dan Treadwell.
1944 - 1949
BB-62 New Jersey121kA closeup view of Turret 1 and the barrels. Note the rifling is visible in the barrel lining. The radar on the tower has been censored out. Circa, 1943/1944.USN photo.
BB-62 New Jersey96k 24 January 1944, two quad 40mm Bofors mounts of the Iowa (BB-61) are visible in the foreground with New Jersey (BB-62) in the background. The two ships are now turning to port. Note the crew in battle gear. USN photo.
BB-56 Washington & friends 356k Four Battleships of Task Group 58.7 in the fleet anchorage at Majuro Atoll in the Marshall Islands. It was taken on the 7/8/44. TG 58.7 had returned to Majuro on 27 June 1944, after taking part in operations in the Philippine Sea and bombarding Siapan and Tinian.
The four Battleships are identifiable by their paint schemes: New Jersey (BB-62) and Iowa (BB-61) in the foreground, and Washington (BB-56) and North Carolina (BB-55) further back, surrounded by destroyers and other ships. The resolution of the photo is not that great, but the photo is of interest due to the number of Battleships in one frame.
Photo i.d. & text research courtesy of Larry Reese.
Official USN photo via Acme Newspictures, Inc. courtesy of David Buell.
BB-57 South Dakota 205k On 19 June 1944 the battleship was again operating with the fast carriers. It was known that a major Japanese force was approaching from the west, and the American capital ships were placed so that they could continue to support the ground forces on Saipan and also intercept this enemy force. At 1012, a large group of boogies was reported coming in from the west. At 1049, a "Judy" dropped a 500-pound bomb on South Dakota's (BB-57) main deck where it blew a large hole, cut wiring and piping, but inflicted no other serious material damage. However, personnel losses were heavy: 24 killed and 27 wounded. The ship continued to fight throughout the day as air attacks were continuous. This was the first day of the Battle of the Philippine Sea and was called the "Marianas Turkey Shoot" as the Japanese lost over 300 aircraft. The air battle continued throughout the 20th. When it ended, the badly mauled Japanese fleet no longer posed a threat to the American conquest of the Marianas. The task group returned to Ulithi on 27 June, and South Dakota sailed via Pearl Harbor to the west coast, arriving at Puget Sound on 10 July.
The battleship was overhauled at the navy yard there; and, after sea trials, sailed on 26 August for Pearl Harbor. South Dakota was routed to Ulithi and, upon her arrival, was attached to TG 38.3; one of four task groups of formed Task Force 38, the Fast Carrier Task Force.
She appears here at anchor, at Ulithi Atoll, 8 December 1944. The hospital ship in the background is the Samaritan (AH-10). The battleship New Jersey (BB-62) appears off the South Dakota's port bow.
National Archives photo # 80G-294133 courtesy of David Buell.
Text courtesy of DANFS.
Photo i.d. courtesy of David C. Nilsen, CTR USA, TRADOC.
BB-62 New Jersey130kAugust, 1944 photo showing secondary and antiaircraft batteries clustered in the superstructure and at the hull extremities. Two OS2U Kingfisher spotting aircraft are mounted on the catapults at the stern.USN photo.
BB-62 New Jersey 547k New Jersey's (BB-62) final contribution to the conquest of the Marianas was in strikes on Guam and the Palaus from which she sailed for Pearl Harbor, arriving 9 August. Here she broke the flag of Admiral William F. Halsey, Jr., 24 August, becoming flagship of the Third Fleet. For the eight months after she sailed from Pearl Harbor 30 August New Jersey was based at Ulithi.
She appears here dead ahead low & dead ahead high at Pearl Harbor, 31 August 1944.
Text courtesy of DANFS.
USN photos # 4907-44 & 4910-44 from National Archives and Records Administration (NARA), College Park, Maryland, courtesy of Sean Hert.
BB-62 New Jersey113kCrewmen are seen loading 16" projectiles through a main deck scuttle. The projectiles are hoisted down several decks by a portable beam hoist built onto the top of the main turrets. Note another shell being handled in the background.USN photo.
BB-62 New Jersey842kThe New Jersey (BB-62) prepares to turn to port, following the Iowa (BB-61) on 26 October 1944.USN photo submitted by Pieter Bakels.
BB-62 New Jersey268kOrdnance men aboard New Jersey (BB-62) move a 16-Inch projectile to an ammunition hoist in November 1944.USN photo submitted by Pieter Bakels.
BB-62 New Jersey416k Barbette of 16" gun on board the New Jersey (BB-62). Gunners packing in bags of powder which will fire the huge shell already in gun. November 1944. NARA Photo # 080-G-469993 by Lt. Comdr. Charles Fenno Jacobs. Photo # HD-SN-99-02599, from the Department of Defense Still Media Collection, courtesy of dodmedia.osd.mil.
BB-62 New Jersey 790k New Jersey (BB-62) as seen from the Hancock (CV-19), on 8 November 1944. USN photo # 80G-288299 from National Archives and Records Administration (NARA), College Park, Maryland, courtesy of Sean Hert.
BB-62 New Jersey769k New Jersey (BB-62) & Hancock (CV-19) take a pounding in heavy seas on 8 November 1944. Photographed from the Intrepid (CV-11).USN photo via USNIP submitted by Pieter Bakels.
BB-62 New Jersey76k Oil on canvas painting by the artist Randall Wilson entitled "New Jersey, batten down the Hatches." The New Jersey (BB-62) rides through a stiff storm in the Western Pacific on 8 November 1944. The Hancock (CV-19) is in the background.Text and drawing courtesy of naval-art.com
BB-62 New Jersey460k New Jersey (BB-62) rejoined her fast carriers near San Bernadino 27 October for strikes on central and southern Luzon. Two days later, the force was under suicide attack. In a melee of anti- aircraft fire from the ships and combat air patrol, New Jersey shot down a plane whose pilot maneuvered it into Intrepid's (CV-11) port gun galleries, while machine gun fire from Intrepid wounded three of New Jersey's men. During a similar action 25 November three Japanese planes were splashed by the combined fire of the force, part of one flaming onto Hancock's (CV-19) flight deck.Text courtesy of DANFS.
BuAer # 270827 courtesy of David Buell.
BB-62 New Jersey42kGunners aboard New Jersey (BB-62) watch flames rising from the carrier Intrepid (CV-11), struck by a kamikaze off Northern Luzon, P.I., 25 November 1944.USN photo # 3093-45, submitted by Pieter Bakels.
BB-62 New Jersey818kAs seen from New Jersey (BB-62), Intrepid (CV-11) belching smoke and fire after being hit by a Japanese kamikaze off Northern Luzon, P.I., 25 November 1944.USN photo submitted by Pieter Bakels via Fabio Pena.
New Jersey172kA salvo from the main guns of the New Jersey (BB-62), 1944. USNHC photo courtesy of Robert M. Cieri.
BB-62 New Jersey122kAdmiral William F. Halsey, USN, Commander, Third Fleet (left center) eats Thanksgiving dinner with the crew of his flagship, New Jersey (BB-62), 30 November 1944. Official USN photo # 80-G-291498, now in the collections of the National Archives.
BB-62 New Jersey92kAdmiral William F. Halsey, Jr., USN, Commander, Third Fleet (right) confers with Task Force 38 commander Vice Admiral John S. McCain, at Halsey's desk on board the Third Fleet flagship, New Jersey (BB-62), December 1944. Official U.S.N. photogrqph # 80-G-302244, now in the collections of the National Archives.
BB-62 New Jersey458k Japanese prisoners of war are bathed, clipped, "deloused," and issued GI clothing as soon as they are taken aboard the New Jersey (BB-62), December 1944. NARA Photo # 080-G-469956 by Lt. Comdr. Charles Fenno Jacobs. Photo # HD-SN-99-02964, from the Department of Defense Still Media Collection, courtesy of dodmedia.osd.mil.
BB-62 New Jersey252kA sailor always finds himself a place to rest... New Jersey (BB-62) December 1944.USN photo submitted by Pieter Bakels.
BB-62 New Jersey48k Enlisted men relax aboard New Jersey (BB-62) on December 1944. USN photo submitted by Pieter Bakels.
BB-62 New Jersey75kCrewmen are cleaning and greasing 40mm shells inside one of the gun tubs. Note the tub is lined with racks holding 40mm clips of four rounds, December 1944.USN photo.
BB-62 New Jersey66kAt sea with the Pacific Fleet, 1944-45.Official U.S.N. photogrqph # K-15383, now in the collections of the National Archives.
BB-62 New Jersey711kHere is a classic photo of New Jersey (BB-62), probably late 1944-early 1945. Classic World War II Pacific Fleet Iowa class (BB-61 / 66), silhouette shot. Someone with an artistic eye took this photo. BuAer photo # 317056 & text courtesy of David Buell.
BB-62 New Jersey173k 8 February 1945 photo taken at the Ulithi Atoll anchorage. The ship is in need of a refit as her appearance shows. She looks pretty forlorn with paint peeling in splotches along her hull.USN photo.
BB-62 New Jersey119kRefueling a destroyer. Note the 'bloomers' on the 5in/38cal barrels, 16 March 1945.USN photo.
BB-62 New Jersey420kBB closest is New Jersey (BB-62). The distant Iowa class (BB-61 / 66) is probably Wisconsin (BB-64), since this photo is dated 9 April 1945, and Iowa (BB-61) did not arrive back from overhaul until 15 April, when she relieved New Jersey, who went back for her first major wartime overhaul. Caption states it was taken from CV 11. The oilers and the distant Essex-class CV were not identified.
It is quite possible that this is Task Group 58.4, as on this date is was composed of Intrepid (CV-11), Independence (CVL-22), Langley (CVL-27), Yorktown (CV-10), Wisconsin, New Jersey and Missouri (BB-63), plus Alaska (CB-1), Guam (CB-2), St. Louis (CL-49) and San Diego (CL-53), and the usual destroyers. What a collection that was! This is during the Okinawa operation.
Also, note the Omaha-class cruiser in the middle distance. It is probably Detroit (CL-8), flagship of Logistisics Support Group Fifth Fleet, Task Group 50.8, Rear Admiral D. B. Beary.
BuAer photo #31639 & text courtesy of David Buell.
BB-62 New Jersey115kClose up of an OS2U Kingfisher seaplane being rocovered by the Battleship New Jersey (BB-62). The plane was hoisted aboard by the crane on the rear deck. These aircraft were used from the time of commissioning until the spring of 1945. USNHC # 80-G-469922.
BB-62 New Jersey40kA watercolor by the artist Richard C. Moore entitled "USS New Jersey."
The New Jersey (BB-62) is shown firing her main battery to starboard in this WW II era painting.
Photo courtesy of ship-paintings.com. Courtesy of the artist Richard C. Moore.
BB-62 New Jersey553k The New Jersey (BB-62) was refitted in 1945 with the now standard square faced bridge. She is shown being inclined at Puget Sound on 24 June 1945. Her conning tower carries one large periscope (for her captian) and two smaller ones, with a Mark 27 radar abaft them. She has also been fitted with Mark 57 radar directors for her 40mm guns. Note the floater nets on No.3 turret, and the folded down splinter shield for the Mark 51 director controlling the 40mm guns atop it. The rails carried inclining weights. By measuring the changing list of the ship as the weights were moved, naval architects could calculate the ship's percise displacement & stability. USN BuShips photo # 94338 from National Archives and Records Administration (NARA), College Park, Maryland, courtesy of Sean Hert.
Text courtesy of U.S. Battleships: An Illustrated Design History by Norman Friedman.
BB-62 New Jersey615k The New Jersey (BB-62) is shown being inclined at Puget Sound on 24 June 1945. Looking somewhat like the late actor Jimmy Durante's nose, the bow view emphasizes the unusual hull form of this class, with a long, narrow entry and then a sudden widening to a parallel midbody. It was not altogether successful, and it has been argued that a more conventional form might not have rquired as much power. However, the combination of displacement and the Panama Canal limit made the long parallel (constant-beam) section inevitable, and the unusal hull form was the result. USN BuShips photo # 94339 from National Archives and Records Administration (NARA), College Park, Maryland, courtesy of Sean Hert.
Text courtesy of U.S. Battleships: An Illustrated Design History by Norman Friedman.
BB-62 New Jersey 546k Topside looking aft from port side amidships at time of inclining experiment at Puget Sound on 24 June 1945. USN BuShips photo # 94337 from National Archives and Records Administration (NARA), College Park, Maryland, courtesy of Sean Hert.
BB-62 New Jersey 581k Looking forward, turret III trained to starboard at time of inclining experiment at Puget Sound on 24 June 1945. USN BuShips photo # 94336 from National Archives and Records Administration (NARA), College Park, Maryland, courtesy of Sean Hert.
BB-62 New Jersey 581k Midsection between stacks looking to starboard at time of inclining experiment at Puget Sound on 24 June 1945. USN BuShips photo # 94335 from National Archives and Records Administration (NARA), College Park, Maryland, courtesy of Sean Hert.
BB-62 New Jersey 571k Starboard side looking forward at time of inclining experiment at Puget Sound on 24 June 1945. USN BuShips photo # 94334 from National Archives and Records Administration (NARA), College Park, Maryland, courtesy of Sean Hert.
BB-62 New Jersey 649k Main deck aft at time of inclining experiment at Puget Sound on 24 June 1945. USN BuShips photo # 94333 from National Archives and Records Administration (NARA), College Park, Maryland, courtesy of Sean Hert.
BB-62 New Jersey531kTopside view of stern at Puget Sound on 24 June 1945.USN BuShips photo # 94342 from National Archives and Records Administration (NARA), College Park, Maryland, courtesy of Sean Hert.
BB-62 New Jersey 522k Looking aft from forward section at time of inclining experiment at Puget Sound on 24 June 1945. USN BuShips photo # 94341 from National Archives and Records Administration (NARA), College Park, Maryland, courtesy of Sean Hert.
BB-62 New Jersey606kTopside view aft of turret # I at Puget Sound on 24 June 1945.USN BuShips photo # 94340 from National Archives and Records Administration (NARA), College Park, Maryland, courtesy of Sean Hert.
BB-62 New Jersey331kStern view of the New Jersey (BB-62) at Puget Sound on 24 June 1945.USN photo # 3093-45, submitted by Pieter Bakels.
BB-62 New Jersey 595k Broadside view, starboard side in Puget Sound, 2 July 1945. USN BuShips photo # 85557 from National Archives and Records Administration (NARA), College Park, Maryland, courtesy of Sean Hert.
BB-62 New Jersey 175k Stern view port side of the New Jersey (BB-62) in Puget Sound, 2 July 1945 as she was rearming in preparation for her last wartime deployment. USN BuShips photo # 85558 courtesy of David Buell.
BB-62 New Jersey 403k Bow view starboard side in Puget Sound, 2 July 1945. USN BuShips photo # 85559 courtesy of David Buell.
BB-62 New Jersey542kAnother of the series, this one looks great in closeup, with the 16" rifles pointed in oppsite directions as she is rearmed, taking aboard ammo on 2 July 1945. BuShips photo # 85560, courtesy of David Buell.
BB-62 New Jersey 368k Stern view starboard side in Puget Sound, 2 July 1945. USN BuShips photo # 85561 from National Archives and Records Administration (NARA), College Park, Maryland, courtesy of Sean Hert.
BB-62 New Jersey461kStern view, port side view. Part of a "round the ship" series taken at the same time. She had just completed her final wartime overhaul, receiving SK-2 and SP radars, and a new mainmast on the after stack. She is now operating SC-1 Seahawk aircraft, and has been repainted in Measure 22, after having served since commissioning in Measure 21.BuShips photo # 85562, courtesy of David Buell.
BB-62 New Jersey84kIn August 1945, Vice Admiral John Henry Towers was given command of the 2d Carrier Task Force and Task Force 38, Pacific Fleet. On 7 November 1945, he broke his flag in the battleship New Jersey (BB-62) as Commander, 5th Fleet. USN photo courtesy of Corbis Images via Bill Gonyo.
BB-62 New Jersey488kPost-war view while anchored in Tokyo Bay. The Japanese battleship Nagato can be seen in the right background in this image, 30 December 1945.USN photo courtesy of David Buell.
BB-62 New Jersey258kNew Jersey (BB-62) taken in the 1946-48 time period. Most probably in the Atlantic, before going into reserve. Note that she is still carrying SC-1 floatplanes on her catapults.USN photo courtesy of David Buell.
BB-62 New Jersey252kNew Jersey (BB-62) and Iowa (BB-61) together in about mid-1946 at Bremerton when they were idle with reduced crews. Note that Iowa has received SK-2 radar postwar. USN photo courtesy of David Buell.
BB-62 New Jersey55k The New Jersey (BB-62) is seen in New York Harbor, circa 1946-48. Note ice on water. USN photo courtesy of USNI.
BB-62 New Jersey 448k Puget Sound Naval Shipyard, 31 March 1947, stern view from aft center line, taken from Sinclair Inlet, off P.S.N.S. USN photo # NY8 - 718 from National Archives and Records Administration (NARA), College Park, Maryland, courtesy of Sean Hert.
BB-62 New Jersey108kThe New Jersey (BB-62) is seen in early 1948 being moved from the New York Navy Yard to the New York Group, Atlantic Reserve Fleet based at Bayonne, New Jersey. The ship was inactivated at New York Navy Yard, beginning on 18 October 1947 and was formally decommissioned at Bayonne on 30 June 1948. USN photo courtesy of Mike Green & Ron Reeves. Photo released from the Public Information Office, 3rd Naval District at New York.
1950 - 1953 / Korean War
BB-62 New Jersey112kSailors remove muzzle seals from two of her forward turret's 16"/50 guns, while she was being reactivated at the Naval Supply Depot, Bayonne, New Jersey, in October 1950. The battleship had been out of commission since June 1948. She recommissioned on 21 November 1950 for Korean War service.Official U.S.N. photogrqph # 80-G-423415, now in the collections of the National Archives.
BB-62 New Jersey269kNew Jersey (BB-62) crew members made a substantial contribution to the reactivation of the battleship for Korea. Here they wirebrush the hull and apply primer paint in early November 1950 at the naval annex at Bayonne, NJ.USN photo submitted by David Buell. Photo i.d. courtesy of Robert M. Cieri.
BB-62 New Jersey115kNew Jersey (BB-62) undergoing reactivation work at the Naval Supply Depot, Bayonne, N.J., 3 November 1950. USNHC # 80-G-421957.
BB-62 New Jersey533kPhoto taken on 21 November 1950, immediately following the Recommissioning Ceremonies of the battleship New Jersey (BB-62) on the fantail. Dignitaries from left to right: Captain David M. Tyree, Commanding Officer, Alfred E. Driscoll, Governor of New Jersey, Fleet Admiral William F. Halsey, Guest of Honor and Vice Admiral Oscar C. Badger, Commandant, Eleventh Naval District. Official USN photograph courtesy of Robert M. Cieri.
BB-62 New Jersey2.60kGeneral view of the commissioning ceremonies aboard New Jersey (BB-62) on 21 November 1950 at Bayonne, NJ. Photo from the files of the Vallejo Naval & Historical Museum via Darryl L. Baker.
Photo added 08/13/15.
BB-62 New Jersey167kThe New Jersey (BB-62) soon after her recommissioning in 1950. She has SK-2 search radar, the MK 12/22 radar on her MK 37 directors, and the small numbers on her bow. In addition, she still is equipped with 20MM AA. U.S.N. photogrqph submitted by David Buell.
BB-62 New Jersey505kBATTLESHIP BLASTS REDS.AP Wire photo courtesy of Tommy Trampp.
BB-62 New Jersey88kAdmiral Forrest P. Sherman, USN, Chief of Naval Operations (left) in conversation with Vice Admiral C. Turner Joy, Commander Naval Forces Far East, on board New Jersey (BB-62), during his inspection of Navy bases and ships in Japan and the Korean area. Photo is dated 1 July 1951. Admiral Sherman appears to be wearing Vice Admiral Joy's three-star battle helmet.Official U.S.N. photogrqph # 80-G-431365, now in the collections of the National Archives.
BB-62 New Jersey399kOil on canvas painting by the artist Carl.G.Evers entitled "Ready for duty" depicts the New Jersey (BB-62) preparing for the Korean conflict. Courtesy of Pieter Bakels.
BB-62 New Jersey290kUnits of the U.S. Navy Task Force 77 being refueled off Korea, in May 1951. The aircraft carrier is Bon Homme Richard (CV-31), the battleship is most probably New Jersey (BB-62), with the destroyer O'Brien (DD-725) in front. Bon Homme Richard, with assigned Carrier Air Group 102 (CVG-102), was deployed to Korea from 10 May to 17 December 1951. USN photo from the Bon Homme Richard (CV-31) 1951 cruise book via Robert Hurst.
BB-62 New Jersey51k"Battlewagon" by Herbert C. Hahn, a colored pencil drawing of the battleship. New Jersey (BB-62) arrives off Korea to join Task Force 77.Herbert C. Hahn, #57.
Colored pencil, 1950s.
USNHC # 88-191-BF.
BB-62 New Jersey53k"A Hit" by Herbert C Hahn, a colored pencil drawing shows a battleship (possibly New Jersey (BB-62), Missouri (BB-63) or Wisconsin (BB-64)) scoring a hit at Wonsan, during the siege of this Korean city in 1951.Herbert C. Hahn, #84.
Colored pencil, 1950s.
USNHC # 88-191-CG.
BB-62 New Jersey185kThe New Jersey (BB-62) fires a nine 16-inch gun salvo during bombardment operations against enemy targets in Korea, adjacent to the 38th parallel. Photo is dated 10 November 1951. Smoke from shell explosions is visible ashore, in the upper left.Official U.S.N. photogrqph # 80-G-435681 from the Chief of Information, Navy Department, Washington, DC. & now in the collections of the National Archives. Text from USNHC. Photographed by Chief Aviation Photographer's Mate Patrick Cady & submitted by Robert M. Cieri.
New Jersey392kNew Jersey (BB-62) photo taken 8 December 1951 at Long Beach.She was returning from her first Korean tour and was stopping briefly on her way back to Norfolk.Taken by a local Long Beach/San Pedro photographer. Photo courtesy of David Buell.
BB-62 New Jersey2.06kThe New Jersey (BB-62) exercises secondary battery somewhere in the Atlantic during exercises.
Time frame late 1952 to late 1954, since at that time and in this photo she carries two different types of fire control radar on her MK 37 directors: older MK 12/22 combo port and starboard, and newer MK 25 on the forward (and aft-not seen) director.
U.S.N. photogrqph submitted by David Buell.
BB-62 New Jersey106k#3 turret firing a salvo at Communist positions. The ship is lying off Chong Jin, Korea. The three shells can be seen in the circle just above the top of the mountain range in the background.USN photo.
BB-62 New Jersey343k Newly arrived in the war zone, the battleship New Jersey (BB-62) transfers outgoing mail to the destroyer Trathan (DD-530) on 17 April 1952.
There are three Mk37 directors in the picture. The forward director has the newer parabolic dish antenna and the other two have the older bedspring type antennas.
Her #1 Mk37 Secondary Battery Director now has its radar equipment Mk.12/22 replaced by the new dish of the Mk.25 designed to improve performance against low-flying aircraft. Her #2 and-3 Mk.37 still have the old Mk.12/22 atop.
Spot One (the Mk.38 Main Battery Director on her Foretop) has radar equipment Mk.13, above that, her SPS-6 radar antenna is visible with a Zenith Search antenna mounted in place of the SG antenna and short-range, ship-to-ship antennas, AT-150, and AS-390, ship-to-air, hardly visible.
On both sides of her Forward Air Defence Platform additional whip antennas for long-range reception and transmission and two extra TBS antennas have been mounted. Below this, a TDY jammer.
On her yardarms "Derby", CAGW66132, omni-directional, warning-type antennas and some IFF antennas. "Ski- Pole" IFF antennas project P./S. on platforms from her fighting tower.
Visible on the tripod type mast, recently installed on the Fletcher class destroyer Trathan is her SPS-29 radar with SG above and some radio antennas. Atop her Mk.37 director, Mk.25.
Also visible a Mk.34 radar antenna for GFCS Mk.63, mounted on a 3-Inch gun and aft, her MK.56 Director.
USN photo courtesy of Pieter Bakels.
Photo of MK37 with MK25 courtesy of Phillip R. Hays, PhD, LT USNR-R.
BB-62 New Jersey468kThe battleship New Jersey (BB-62) fires a full nine-gun salvo of her 16" rifles at a target in Kaesong, Korea on 1 January 1953. Official USN photograph # 80-G-433953 in the collection of the National Archives, courtesy of Robert M. Cieri.
BB-62 New Jersey230kGun crews-Interior view of 16" gun turret in the battleship New Jersey (BB-62) on 9 April 1953. Photo shows shell deck crew moving projectiles from stationary stowage on lower shell flat, at left, to inner rotating ring of the turret for mechanical transfer to shell hoist shown in center of photo.NARA FILE #: 80-G-K-16313 USN photo 80-GK16313 / HN-SC-98-07213 by LT. R.C. Timm. Photo submitted by Bill Gonyo.
BB-62 New Jersey650kA Sikorski HO3S-1 helicopter of squadron HU-1 takes off from the battleship's afterdeck, while she was operating off Korea. The upraised green flag signifies that the pilot has permission to take off. Crash crew, in yellow helmets, are standing by with fire hoses ready. This helicopter is Bureau # 124350. Photograph is dated 14 April 1953. Photographer is Lt. R.C. Timm.Official U.S.N. photogrqph # 80-G-K-16320, now in the collections of the National Archives via Pieter Bakels.
BB-62 New Jersey71kSteaming into a Japanese port, during her second Korean War tour, circa April-May 1953. Note harbor defense nets beyond the ship.Official U.S.N. photogrqph # 80-G-K-16282, now in the collections of the National Archives.
BB-62 New Jersey318k New Jersey (BB-62) gets double billing in this photo, dated 11 February 1954. In the center as first recommissioned in 1951, and also after her first post-war overhaul, with changed radars and fire control.
The Missouri (BB-63) (upper left), is pictured on 21 October 1950 bombarding Communist positions off Chong Jin, Korea.
Wisconsin (BB-64) (lower right) and Iowa (BB-61) (upper right).
The Iowa is pictured off Pearl Harbor in 1952 & shows the standard fleet painting adopted after WW2. Small war time hull numbers have been replaced with larger, easily seen block numerals. The catapults were removed after WW2, the area now a helicopter landing area. Some 40mm mounts are gone, but most remained on board until she was decommissioned on 24 February 1958. All 20mm gun mounts have been removed.
Official Navy Photo, # 633578, released by Department of Defense. Courtesy of David Buell.
1954 - 1967
BB-62 New Jersey591k New Jersey (BB-62) meets New York, May, 1954.USN photo courtesy of Tommy Trampp.
BB-61 Iowa396kTogether again: Iowa (BB-61) & New Jersey (BB-62). From the looks of their rig, probably in the Atlantic after Korea. USN photo submitted by David Buell.
BB-61 Iowa68kBattleship Division Two: In line abreast formation, 7 June 1954, in the Virginia Capes operating area, on the only occasion that all Iowa class (BB-61 / 66) battleships were photographed operating together. Ship closest to the camera is Iowa (BB-61). The others are (from near to far):Wisconsin (BB-64); Missouri (BB-63) and New Jersey (BB-62). Official U.S.N. photogrqph # 80-G-638938, now in the collections of the National Archives.
BB-61 Iowa29kBattleship Division Two: In line abreast formation, 7 June 1954, in the Virginia Capes operating area, on the only occasion that all four Iowa class (BB-61 / 66)s were photographed operating together. Ship closest to the camera is Iowa (BB-61). The others are (from near to far):Wisconsin (BB-64); Missouri (BB-63) and New Jersey (BB-62). Official USN photo courtesy of martinipundit.com.
BB-64 Wisconsin69k Battleship Division Two Steaming in column, 7 June 1954, in the Virginia Capes operating area, on the only occasion that all Iowa class (BB-61 / 66) battleships were photographed operating together. Ship leading the column is Wisconsin (BB-64). The others are (in no particular order): Iowa (BB-61); New Jersey (BB-62) and Missouri (BB-63).Official U.S.N. photogrqph # 80-G-638966, now in the collections of the National Archives.
Battleship Division Two 297k Oil on canvas painting by the artist Wayne Scarpaci showing Battleship Division 2 off the Virginia Capes on 7 June 1954. They are (F to B ) Iowa (BB-61), Wisconsin (BB-64), Missouri (BB-63), New Jersey (BB-62). Drawing courtesy of artbywayne.com
New Jersey231k The New Jersey (BB-62) rides at anchor circa her active period in the 1950s. USN photo courtesy of David Buell. Photo i.d. courtesy of David C Nilsen. CTR, USA Training and Training and Doctrine Command (TRADOC).
BB-62 New Jersey1.00kPortsmouth VA., 13 December 1956:
BOUND FOR MOTHBALLS
The battleship New Jersey (BB-62) sails today for Brooklyn, N.Y. where she will be inactivated and prepared for mothballing at Bayonne, N.J.
A.P. Wire / USN photo.
BB-62 New Jersey63k Photo taken from the radar platform on the foremast of Chewaucan (AOG-50), very early on a Sunday morning. New Jersey (BB-62) and Missouri BB-63, sitting side by side in reserve at Norfolk, Va, summer of 1954. The New Jersey, is tied to pier 7 and the Chewaucan was tied up to pier 5. (There was no pier 6). You can see how small we were when you check the height of the horizon behind the New Jersey's mast. The ship on the horizon above the New Jersey is the Mississippi (AG-128) (ex-BB-41). Photo. i.d. courtesy of Dan DeCosta.
Photo and text courtesy of Larry Bohn.
BB-62 New Jersey148k New Jersey (BB-62) entering Phalaran Bay, Greece in the spring of 1957. Photo and text courtesy of Larry Bohn.
BB-62 New Jersey15kCommemorative post mark from New Jersey's (BB-62) last day in postal service. She would be decommissioned from 21 August 1957 through 5 April 1968. Courtesy of Jack Treutle.
BB-62 New Jersey142kOil on canvas painting by the artist James Flood entitled "New Jersey - 1960." The painting depicts the New Jersey (BB-62) in 1960; finished with Korea, waiting for Vietnam. Photo and partial text courtesy of oldgloryprints.com
BB-62 New Jersey216kCirca 1960 photo of New Jersey (BB-62) passing under the Golden Gate Bridge.Courtesy of Merlin Dorfman.
Mothball Fleet, Bayonne N.J.80kMothball Fleet, Bayonne N.J., August 1961. The stern of the New Jersey (BB-62) or Wisconsin (BB-64) is visible off the North Carolina's (BB-55) bow. The aircraft carrier ahead of her is the Franklin(CV-13). Richard Leonhardt.
New Jersey95kThe New Jersey (BB-62) being towed from Bayonne, NJ to the Philadelphia Naval Shipyard, taken 8-11-62 by B. L. Bennett.Official USN photograph #1062991, from the US Naval Photographic Center, Naval Station Washington, DC. Submitted by Robert M. Cieri.
Wisconsin574kTugs push the Iowa class (BB-61 / 66) around.
From pier: Iowa (BB-61),New Jersey (BB-62) & Wisconsin (BB-64)) at Philadelphia Naval Yard, 1962.
USN photo courtesy of Scott Koen & ussnewyork.com.
Iowa & Wisconsin38kIowa (BB-61), on right, and the New Jersey (BB-62) at their Philadelphia berths, April 1965.USNIP photo courtesy of Pieter Bakels.
BB-64 Wisconsin660k Wisconsin (BB-64), New Jersey (BB-62) and Iowa (BB-61) at the Phila. Navy Yard in mothballs, April 1967.USN photo courtesy of Scott Koen & ussnewyork.com.
BB-64 Wisconsin198kBack to back, north Wisconsin (BB-64), south New Jersey (BB-62). Iowa (BB-61) by the pier at the Phila. Navy Yard in mothballs, April 1967.USN photo courtesy of Scott Koen & ussnewyork.com.
BB-62 764k Defense Secretara Robert McNamara has decided on 1 August to reactivate the New Jersey (BB-62) for duty off the coast off North Vietnam. Pentagon officials said work would start almost immediately at the Philadelphia Navy yard in this 1967 file photo. A.P. Wire photo courtesy of Tommy Trampp.
BB-62 New Jersey102kNew Jersey (BB-62) taking on ammunition at Norfolk, VA., May 1967. Photo courtesy of Norman Polmar & submitted by Robert M. Cieri.
BB-62 1.74k Photo taken as New Jersey (BB-62) was pulled from the battleship nest at Philadelphia on 11 June 1967 to be reactivated for Viet Nam duty.
Note the Wisconsin (BB-64) in the background.
USN photo submitted by David Buell.
BB-62 New Jersey24kWashington, D. C. 8/28/67: The Navy named Capt. Richard G. Alexander (shown in 1/26/62 file photo), of Charleston, S. C., to command the battleship New Jersey (BB-62) being refitted for duty off South Vietnam. Alexander, a veteran destroyer skipper, will take command of the 45,000 ton ship after her commissioning next year.USN photo courtesy of Bill Gonyo.
BB-62 New Jersey369kNew Jersey (BB-62) in drydock at night during her reactivation at the Philadelphia Naval Shipyard in November 1967.USN photo courtesy of David Buell.
Photo i.d. courtesy of Robert M. Cieri.
Recommissioning & off to Vietnam, 1968
BB-62 New Jersey478k21 September, 1967. New Jersey (BB-62) on the move!AP Wire photo courtesy of Ron Reeves, HTC, (ret.)
BB-62 New Jersey486kAccepting the state flag of New Jersey is Captain F.W. Gooch, commander of the U.S. Naval Shipyard in Philadelphia. The New Jersey (BB-62) was being re-commissioned for service in Vietnam.USN photo courtesy of Bill Gonyo.
BB-62 New Jersey927k (24 February 1968.) TURNING 'EM OVER'- Civilian engineers watch gauges as they start the # 3 main engines of the New Jersey (BB-62) undergoing reconditioning at Philadelphia Navy Yard. It was the first time the engines were turned over in eleven years in the Vietnam bound craft.AP Wire photo courtesy of Ron Reeves, HTC, (ret.)
BB-62 New Jersey196kA view of the New Jersey (BB-62) being shifted at the PNSY in the 1960’s to begin her refit for service in Viet Nam. The only tug still on the River today is the red tug to the left, Teresa McAllister, the second oldest operating on the River.Photo courtesy of Ron Reeves, HTC, (ret.)
BB-62 New Jersey137kNew Jersey (BB-62) leaving PNSY for sea trials, 26 March 1968.USN photo courtesy of Robert M. Cieri.
New Jersey42kInvitation for the 3rd recommissioning for New Jersey (BB-62), 6 April 1968. Photo courtesy of Robert M. Cieri.
New Jersey129kFront cover of the 3rd recommissioning booklet for New Jersey (BB-62), 6 April 1968. Photo courtesy of Robert M. Cieri.
BB-62 New Jersey62k Line art drawing of the New Jersey (BB-62), 1968. Contributed by Joe Radigan / USN photo.
New Jersey99k Washington: Capt. Richard G. Alexander testified before an Informal Congressional hearing 5/8 that the Navy "leaped before it looked" when it summarily removed Lt. Cmdr. Marcus Arnheiter as skipper of a destroyer escort in 1966. Alexander, right, whose defense of Arnheiter (left) cost him the plum assignment as skipper of the battleship New Jersey (BB-62), said the Navy's handling of the so-called "Arnheiter Affair" jeopardized the standing of every military commander.
Navy Captain Richard G. Alexander, 45, was one of the most promising young four-stripers in the fleet. Last year the Navy Department rewarded that promise by giving him command of the New Jersey, which will become the world's only operational battleship when it is recommissioned this April. Last week the Navy Department revealed that Alexander had exercised the most ignominious prerogative open to a blue-water sailor: he formally requested that he be relieved of his command of the New Jersey. The request was promptly granted, and he was given shore duty.
Alexander's humiliation derived from his bold backing of Lieut. Commander Marcus Aurelius Arnheiter, the hyper-zealous skipper of the radar picket destroyer Vance (DE-387) who was removed from his command off Viet Nam (TIME, December 1). When Amheiter was dismissed without a public hearing, Alexander—who had recommended him for the assignment—at first remained silent in hopes of avoiding an embarrassing scandal. Later, his conviction that Arnheiter's relief would sap the authority of every commanding officer overrode his concern for protocol; he openly demanded reconsideration of the Arnheiter case by Navy Secretary Paul Ignatius. "To have withdrawn my support from Arnheiter was prudent," he wrote to the Secretary, "but to turn against him was pusillanimous."
He demanded a full-scale inquiry and added: "Mr. Secretary, what all of your officers will demand to know is just how in hell this could happen in the U.S. Navy." Alexander promised Admiral Thomas Moorer, the Chief of Naval Operations, that if his cause failed, he would request reassignment from the coveted New Jersey command. When the bill came due, Alexander paid it like an officer and a gentleman.
Transferred to the First Naval District Headquarters in Boston—"the elephant's graveyard," as Navy line officers call it—Alexander will be replaced by Captain Joseph E. Snyder Jr., 43, a veteran of Leyte Gulf and Okinawa's Buckner Bay. No other heads are likely to roll, but many Navymen must be shaking theirs over the fall of Dick Alexander.
USN photo courtesy of Bill Gonyo. Text courtesy of time.com.
BB-62 New Jersey104k The New Jersey (BB-62) went off to war commanded by CAPT J. Edward Snyder, Jr.from 6 April 1968 to 27 August 1969. USN photo courtesy of Robert M. Cieri. Partial text courtesy of Bill Gonyo.
BB-62 New Jersey115k Amidships New Jersey (BB-62) seems almost unchanged in her Vietnam configuration. Note, however, the canvas-covered rocket launchers in her old 40mm gun tubs. They fired chaff rockets, which at this early stage were modified versions of the standard air launched Zuni, fired from aircraft-type four round launchers. The tripod abaft the after 5-inch mount was for replenishment at sea. Photo and text courtesy of U.S. Battleships: An Illustrated Design History by Norman Friedman.
New Jersey163k Portside view of the New Jersey (BB-62) after her recommissioning, April 1968. USN photo courtesy of Robert M. Cieri.
BB-62 New Jersey627k (16 May 1968.) NEW JERSEY (BB-62) SAILS AP Wire photo courtesy of Ron Reeves, HTC, (ret.)
BB-62 New Jersey178k New Jersey (BB-62) underway off the Virginia Capes with an SH-3D Sea King from HS-3 "Tridents", (attached to the Randolph CVS-15 and a squadron of CVSG-56), about to land on the fantail. However, it is more likely that the helicopter flew out to the "Big J" from NAS Norfolk. Official Navy Photograph # K-49736, taken by PH3 E. J. Bonner on 24 May 1968. Photo is from the Naval Photographic Center, Naval Station, Washington D. C. 20390. Photo submitted courtesy of Robert M. Cieri.
BB-62 New Jersey299kFive photo PDF of the The New Jersey (BB-62), then the world's only active battleship, departed Philadelphia 16 May 1968, calling at Norfolk and transiting the Panama Canal seen here before arriving at her new home port of Long Beach, California, 11 June on her way to Vietnam.Partial text courtesy of DANFS.
Photo courtesy of Larry Pfeiffer & submitted by Karen Pfeiffer & Robert M. Cieri.
BB-62 New Jersey43kNew Jersey (BB-62) approaching the Thacher Bridge, Panama, as it enters Pacific Ocean waters on its way to join the Pacific Fleet in Vietnam, 9 June 1968. USN / USNI photo.
New Jersey181k 3/4 starboard stern view of the New Jersey (BB-62), five miles off the coast of San Diego on 17 June 1968. The photo was processed by the Fleet Air Photo Lab at Naval Air Station North Island. Official USN photo submitted courtesy of Robert M. Cieri.
BB-62 New Jersey927kSplash Colors of the Iowa class (BB-61 / 66).PDF courtesy of Ron Reeves, HTC, (ret.)
BB-62 New Jersey172kNew Jersey (BB-62) firing a full broadside, at San Clemente Island, 25 June 1968. USN photo courtesy of Robert M. Cieri.
BB-62 New Jersey86kSalvoes from New Jersey (BB-62) main batteries, after recommissioning in 1968.
Note the presence of the aft upper-row twin 5" mounts, and the Chaffroc launchers in the former 40mm tubs around and between her funnels. Also, the much smaller marked helo landing area is consistent with that era.
Compare it to the 25 June 1968 photos off San Clemente island. I'll bet it's from that period, as the forecastle tubs are still in place there, but are gone but the time she arrives of Vietnam. They appear to still be there in the July 68 San Diego photos, but are gone by the time of the 9 September photo en route to Pearl Harbor. So that places removal of the tubs sometime between July-September 68, probably a yard period in San Diego.
So that would place the photo sometime prior to July 68, very likely off San Clemente on 25 June.
Photo courtesy of Hyperwar WWII.
Photo i.d. courtesy of David C Nilsen. CTR, USA Training and Training and Doctrine Command (TRADOC).
BB-62 New Jersey54kOn 24 July 1968 New Jersey (BB-62) received 16-inch shells and powder tanks from Mount Katmai (AE-16) by conventional highline transfer and by helicopter lift, the first time heavy battleship ammunition had been transferred by helicopter at sea. Her helicopter is seen passing over her port bow in this photo. Photo courtesy of Larry Pfeiffer & submitted by Karen Pfeiffer.
Partial text courtesy of DANFS.
BB-62 New Jersey183k The New Jersey (BB-62) steaming off Oahu in route to Pearl Harbor, 9 September 1968. USN courtesy of Robert M. Cieri.
BB-62 New Jersey154k The New Jersey (BB-62) passing through Pearl Harbor channel escorted by large harbor tugs, 9 September 1968. USN courtesy of Robert M. Cieri.
BB-62 New Jersey165kNew Jersey (BB-62) off Oahu, Hawaii, 9 September 1968. Official USN photograph from the U.S. Naval Photographic Center,courtesy of Robert M. Cieri.
BB-62 New Jersey1.30k10 September 1968: The world's only active battleship, the New Jersey (BB-62) passes the resting place of the Arizona (BB-39) as it docks here on 9/9. The foundation for number 3 gun turret and two rusting ventilators of the Arizona with more than 1,000 men still trapped in her are shown in the foreground. The New Jersey will leave for Southeast Asia 9/11.USN photo courtesy of Scott Koen & ussnewyork.com.
BB-62 New Jersey1.65k Recommissioned for Vietnam, the New Jersey (BB-62) was little modified. She is shown off Oahu, Hawaii, 11 September 1968. Although she appears festooned with radio antennas, in fact her communication suit was extremely austere. It symbolized a key problem of the reserve fleet. Communication equipment changes relatively rapidly. Ships otherwise quite usable may be entirely unable to communicate with more modern craft unless they are given entirely new radio systems.
The other major modification was for self defense: an early version of SHORTSTOP, a combination jammer and chaff-launcher. The ULQ-6B jammer was located in the box atop her foremast, its antennas projecting out on both sides. When the New Jersey was refitted again in 1981-82, the box was retained as a base for a new SLQ-32 system. It was not particularly convenient, and the other refitted battleships have a more streamlined ECM housing.
The New Jersey had been laid up with her 40mm mounts in place. All were removed when she was recommissioned, but the foreword gun tubs (on the 01 level), painted white, were used by the crew as swimming pools. Note that the ship retained her old (and quite obsolescent) SPS-12 air-search radar.
Official USN photograph from the U.S. Naval Photographic Center,courtesy of Robert M. Cieri.
Text courtesy of U.S. Battleships: An Illustrated Design History by Norman Friedman.
Vietnam Service / 1968 - Decommissioning 1969
BB-62 New Jersey 719k Oil on canvas painting by the artist Wayne Scarpaci entitled ON THE BOMB LINES, showing the battleship New Jersey (BB-62) in action off VietNam in 1968. Drawing courtesy of artbywayne.com
New Jersey311k The New Jersey (BB-62) underway circa Vietnam service, 1968. USN photo courtesy of David Buell.
BB-62 New Jersey166kOff the coast of Vietnam on 8 October 1968; New Jersey's (BB-62) CAPT J. Edward Snyder, Jr. (second from left) greets SecNav Paul R. Ignatius (left) and VADM William F. Bringle (third from left), Com 7th Fleet USN photograph courtesy of Robert M. Cieri.
BB-62 New Jersey163k The New Jersey (BB-62) along side the ammunition ship Vesuvius (AE-15) to take on fresh 16" projectiles and powder cases. Off the coast of Vietnam, November 1968. USN courtesy of Robert M. Cieri.
BB-62 New Jersey160k The New Jersey (BB-62) at the US Naval Facility, Subic Bay, Republic of the Philippines on 16 November 1968. Official USN photograph courtesy of Robert M. Cieri.
BB-62 New Jersey91kView looking aft from the fore deck, showing her forward 16"/50 guns and superstructure, 1968-1969. Note the large ULQ-6 electronic countermeasures system antenna installation on her fire control tower. Photographed by PH1 Larry H. Smith. Official U.S.N. photogrqph # NH 90624, now in the collections of the National Archives.
BB-62 New Jersey71kTwo UH-1 Huey helicopters resting on the fantail of the New Jersey (BB-62) during her service in December 1968 off Vietnam. Courtesy of Howard Serig.
BB-62 New Jersey59kPort side view of the New Jersey (BB-62) inboard of the Okinawa (LPH-3). This is from the Okinawa cruise book (1969). I believe the shot was taken from the LPH-3 helicopter off Vietnam, probably around January 1969 near Danang. Photo & text courtesy of Aryeh Wetherhorn.
BB-62 New Jersey468kGUN BLASTS.
SOUTH CHINA SEA
Sailors on the battleship New Jersey (BB-62) muffle their ears... in late March 1969.
AP Wire photo courtesy of Tommy Trampp.
BB-62 New Jersey75kBombarding enemy targets near Tuyho, on South Vietnam's central coast, during her last line period, late in March 1969. Photographed by PH2 Monty L. Tipton. Official U.S.N. photogrqph # NH 90639, now in the collections of the National Archives.
New Jersey169kBow view of the New Jersey (BB-62) accompanied by the Coral Sea (CVA-43) on 13 April 1969 off the coast of Vietnam. USN photo courtesy of Robert M. Cieri.
BB-62 New Jersey83k New Jersey (BB-62) in San Francisco Bay exchanging gun salute with Naval Station Treasure Island, taken 24 June 1969. Official USN photograph # NH-68934-KN, from the U.S. Naval Photographic Center, courtesy of Robert M. Cieri.
BB-62 New Jersey160kNew Jersey (BB-62) entering San Francisco Bay, 24 June 1969.
This was her first visit to her home port in eight months. Through the summer months, New Jersey's crew toiled to make her ready for another deployment. Deficiencies discovered on the gun line were remedied, as all hands looked forward to another opportunity to prove the mighty warship's worth in combat. Reasons of economy were to dictate otherwise. On 22 August 1969 the Secretary of Defense released a list of names of ships to be inactivated; at the top of the list was New Jersey's.
Official USN photograph from the U.S. Naval Photographic Center, courtesy of Robert M. Cieri. Text courtesy of DANFS.
New Jersey181k 4-page PDF Welcome Aboard booklet of the New Jersey (BB-62) in 25 June 1969. Photo courtesy of Robert M. Cieri.
BB-62 New Jersey126kNew Jersey's (BB-62) CAPT J. Edward Snyder, Jr, presenting the CO's Commendation Medal to Senior Chief Machinist Mate Gary L. Shipple, 30 June 1969. USN photograph courtesy of Robert M. Cieri.
BB-62 New Jersey151kPort side view of the New Jersey (BB-62) entering San Francisco bay in July 1969. I took this photo from the viewing point on the north end of the Golden Gate bridge. Photo & text courtesy of Darryl Baker, scanned courtesy of By Design in Benicia, CA.
BB-62 New Jersey29k"New Jersey, 7th Fleet, Point Debbie off Marble Mountain, South of Danang", by John C. Roach, a Tempera on paper, June-August 1969. In 1968, the New Jersey (BB-62) was reactivated and outfitted to serve as a heavy bombardment ship in Vietnam. At recommissioning, it was the only active battleship in the U.S. Navy. Between late September 1968 and early April 1969, it participated in Operation Sea Dragon, providing offshore gunfire support against inland and coastal targets. Soon there after, the Navy decided to reduce heavy bombardment forces in Southeast Asia. New Jersey was again decommissioned in December 1969. John C. Roach, 1969.178
Tempera on paper, June-August 1969.
USNHC # 88-197-CE.
BB-62 New Jersey257kPort side view of an angry New Jersey (BB-62) off the coast of Vietnam.Photo courtesy of David Buell.
Photo i.d. courtesy of Robert M. Cieri.
BB-62 New Jersey96kOil on canvas print by the artist Tom Freeman entitled "New Jersey," depicts the New Jersey (BB-62) off the coast of Vietnam. Photo and text courtesy of oldgloryprints.com
BB-62 New Jersey452kHer first Vietnam combat tour completed, New Jersey (BB-62) departed Subic Bay 3 April 1969 for Japan. She arrived at Yokosuka for a two-day visit, sailing for the United States 9 April. Her homecoming, however, was to be delayed. On the 15th, while New Jersey was still at sea, North Korean jet fighters shot down an unarmed EC-121 "Constellation" electronic surveillance plane over the Sea of Japan, killing its entire crew. A carrier task force was formed and sent to the Sea of Japan, while New Jersey was ordered to come about and steam toward Japan. On the 22nd she arrived once more at Yokosuka, and immediately put to sea in readiness for what might befall. As the crisis lessened, New Jersey was released to continue her interrupted voyage. She anchored at Long Beach 5 May 1969, her first visit to her home port in eight months. Through the summer months, New Jersey's crew toiled to make her ready for another deployment. Deficiencies discovered on the gun line were remedied, as all hands looked forward to another opportunity to prove the mighty warship's worth in combat. Reasons of economy were to dictate otherwise. On 22 August 1969 the Secretary of Defense released a list of names of ships to be inactivated; at the top of the list was New Jersey. Five days later, Captain Snyder was relieved of command by Captain Robert C. Peniston.Text courtesy of DANFS.
Photo i.d. courtesy of Ron Reeves.
Official Navy Photo from Commander Naval Forces Japan courtesy of Robert M. Cieri.
BB-62 New Jersey340kCapt Robert Charles Pension commanded the battleship New Jersey (BB-62) from 27 August 1969 to her decommissioning 17 December 1969. His last statement regarding the New Jersey was "Rest well, yet sleep lightly; and hear the call, if again sounded, to provide firepower for freedom." He was her last C.O. until she was recommissioned in the 1980's. Photo courtesy of Bill Gonyo.
BB-62 New Jersey116kNew Jersey (BB-62) Decommissioning Program from 17 December 1969 held at the Puget Sound Naval Shipyard. Photograph courtesy of Robert M. Cieri.
1970 - 1998
New Jersey & Missouri168kAn unidentified CVA, New Jersey (BB-62) and Holder (DD-819) in August 1971 at Inactive Ship Maintenance Facility, Bremerton, Washington. Photo courtesy of Leland Barnecut, Seattle, Washington.
New Jersey & Missouri123k New Jersey (BB-62) and Missouri (BB-63) in mothballs at Inactive Ship Maintenance Facility, Bremerton, Washington, in 1970's. Photo by PH1 Frank Jankowski, submitted by John Hummel.
BB-62 New Jersey182k Looking at the business side of the New Jersey (BB-62), July 81 at Puget Sound Naval Shipyard as part of the Pacific Reserve Fleet. The Missouri (BB-63) is moored off to her starboard side. USN courtesy of Robert M. Cieri.
New Jersey & Missouri356k The two battleships, New Jersey (BB-62) and Missouri (BB-63) at Puget Sound Naval Yard, 1 July 1981, docked on either side of a Naval Inactive Ship Maintenance Facility pier. USN photo # DN-ST-82-01715, by JO1 Callaghan, from the Department of Defense Still Media Collection, courtesy of dodmedia.osd.mil.
BB-62 New Jersey399kThe Shelly Foss and two fleet tugs, MOctober obi (AFT-105), left, and Takelma (ATF-113), tow the New Jersey (BB-62) from Bremerton, Wash., to Long Beach, Calif., to undergo refitting and reactivation, 1 Jul 1981. Official USN photo # DN-ST-82-01716, by PH2 Gary Ballard, courtesy of dodmedia.osd.mil.
New Jersey166kA memorandum from the shipyard commander to all stations of the shipyard, 5 Feb 1982. The memorandum briefly concerns the good condition that the New Jersey (BB-62) was kept in before and after decommissioning. Also, for persons not to take any items from the ship for personal use. The ship has been in dry dock since November 1981, for refitting and modernizing for return to active duty and recommissioning early in 1983. The recommissioning will be the fourth time since the ship was built in 1942. Official USN photo # DN-SN-82-04598, by PHAN Jeffrey J. Steinessen, from the Department of Defense Still Media Collection, courtesy of dodmedia.osd.mil.
New Jersey467kA bow view, taken with a wide angle lens, of the New Jersey (BB-62) in drydock. The ship is undergoing refitting and reactivation. Official USN photo # DN-ST-82-04408, by PH2 Gary G. Ballard, from the Department of Defense Still Media Collection, courtesy of dodmedia.osd.mil.
New Jersey519kShipyard personnel wear protective gear as they work on the hull of the New Jersey (BB-62), in dry dock being overhauled and refitted for reactivation. Official USN photo # DN-ST-82-04589, by PHAN Jeffrey J. Steinessen, from the Department of Defense Still Media Collection, courtesy of dodmedia.osd.mil.
New Jersey122kJames McMahon, freshman student of Webb Institute of Naval Architecture in Glen Cove, N.Y., lubricates the starboard screw strut bearings of the New Jersey (BB-62). Official USN photo # DN-ST-82-04591, by PHAN Jeffrey J. Steinessen, from the Department of Defense Still Media Collection, courtesy of dodmedia.osd.mil.
BB-62 New Jersey463kStern view of the New Jersey (BB-62) from some distance past the Keep away 150 feet No photography sign. Photo courtesy of Pieter Bakels.
BB-62 New Jersey164kNew Jersey (BB-62) in dry dock at the Long Beach Naval Shipyard on 5 Feb 1982. The ship was floated out of dock on 13 March.Official USN photo # DN-SN-8204594, by PH2 Gary G. Ballard, courtesy of Warship International, pg. 274, No. 3 1982.
New Jersey122kTugs maneuver the New Jersey (BB-62) as it is floated out of drydock here. The ship is being returned to active service after 12 years of storage, 13 Mar 1982. Official USN photo # DN-SN-82-05382, by PH2 Gary Ballard, from the Department of Defense Still Media Collection, courtesy of dodmedia.osd.mil.
BB-62 New Jersey60kTugs maneuver the New Jersey (BB-62) out of dry dock at the Long Beach Naval Shipyard on 13 March 1982. Note the scaffolding around her funnels, she is probably having them repainted. Official USN photo # DN-SN-8205381, by PH2 Gary G. Ballard, courtesy of Warship International, pg. 274, No. 3 1982.
BB-62 New Jersey27kNew Jersey (BB-62) with cranes attending to her on 3 June 1982 at the Long Beach Naval Shipyard. Photo copyright Ronald E. Parkinson, courtesy of Warship International, pg. 213, No. 3 1982.
BB-62 New Jersey79k Born for third time, the New Jersey (BB-62) steams on post-refit trials, September 1982. Note the large booms for more efficent fueling at sea, the new heavy mast, and the enlarged ECM "box" atop her fire-control tower. Her helicopter control station can be seen below her after 5-inch director. Missles have not yet been mounted. Photo courtesy of Robert Hurst from War Machine Vol 11. Text courtesy of U.S. Battleships: An Illustrated Design History by Norman Friedman.
New Jersey71kA crewman monitors the engine room control panel aboard the New Jersey (BB-62) 25 September 1982. The battleship, after recently completing renovation and modernization, is undergoing sea trials prior to reactivated in January 1983. Official U.S.N. photogrqph # DN-ST-83-00963, by PH1 Ron Garrison, from the Department of Defense Still Media Collection.
BB-62 New Jersey58k Crewmen stand in formation on the forward deck of the battleship New Jersey (BB-62). The ship's bell hangs in the foreground. Official U.S.N. photogrqph # DN-ST-83-01009, by PH1 Ron Garrison, from the Department of Defense Still Media Collection.
New Jersey75kCrewmen operate the electrical generators in the upper level engine room aboard the New Jersey (BB-62). Official U.S.N. photogrqph # DN-ST-83-00966, by PH1 Ron Garrison, from the Department of Defense Still Media Collection.
BB-62 New Jersey137kAt sea during trials off the U.S. Pacific coast, 25 September 1982. Official U.S.N. photogrqph # DN-ST-83-00210, by PH2 Shayna Brennan, from the Department of Defense Still Media Collection.
BB-62 New Jersey67k New Jersey (BB-62) view from the bridge, looking over the two forward 16"/50 gun turrets, during sea trials in the Pacific, 25-28 September 1982. Note spray at the front of the second turret. Official U.S.N. photogrqph # DN-ST-83-01001, by PH1 Ron Garrison, from the Department of Defense Still Media Collection.
BB-62 New Jersey88kCrewmen use a handcart to transport a powder casing used to fire the 16-inch guns as it is loaded aboard the battleship New Jersey (BB-62) prior to sea trials off of Seal Beach CA., 18 October 1982. Official U.S.N. photogrqph # DN-SN-83-00898, by PHC Terry Mitchell, from the Department of Defense Still Media Collection, courtesy of dodmedia.osd.mil.
BB-62 New Jersey304k President Ronald W. Reagan arrives onboard New Jersey (BB-62) on 28 December 1982.Photo courtesy of Tommy Trampp.
New Jersey339kPresident Ronald Reagan speaks during the recommissioning ceremony for the New Jersey (BB-62), 28 December 1982 at Long Beach Naval Shipyard. Official USN photo # DN-ST-83-04301, by PHC Terry C. Mitchell, from the Department of Defense Still Media Collection, courtesy of dodmedia.osd.mil.
New Jersey354kThree Front covers of the Welcome Aboard for the New Jersey (BB-62) appear here.
This was handed out at the Recommissioning on 28 December 1982, at Long Beach Naval Shipyard.
CAPT Lewis Glenn, Jr. issued this Welcome Aboard Front cover of the New Jersey during his tenure.
Photo courtesy of Robert M. Cieri.
BB-62 New Jersey31kAn aerial port bow view of the battleship New Jersey (BB-62) launching an RGM-84 Harpoon missile on the Pacific Missile Test Center Range on 23 March 1983. USN photo by Jerry Winey.
BB-62 New Jersey300kAn aerial starboard bow view of the destroyer Fife (DD-991), left, and the battleship New Jersey (BB-62) underway on 14 April 1983. The crew of the Fife is involved in a wash down operation. Official USN photograph #DN-SC-84-04677 taken by PH1 S. Smith, from the DAVA Still Media Depository, courtesy of Robert M. Cieri.
New Jersey696kAn aerial port quarter view of the New Jersey (BB-62), during launch of a Tomahawk missile from one of the eight armored box launchers aboard the battleship on 10 May 1983. The New Jersey is underway off the coast of Southern California, where the missile will travel approximately 500 miles to its target at the Tonopah Test Range, Nev. Official USN photo # DN-SC-83-08071, from the Department of Defense Still Media Collection, courtesy of dodmedia.osd.mil.
BB-62 New Jersey812k New Jersey (BB-62) entering Manila Bay on 3 July 1983. Historic Fort Drum (El Fraile Island, aka 'the concrete battleship') is in the foreground and Bataan is in the background. USN photo No. DN-SN-83-09891 taken by PH2 Paul Soutar, from the Department of Defense Still Media Collection, courtesy of Mike Green & Robert Hurst.
BB-62 New Jersey109kA port view of vessels in the aircraft carrier Midway (CV-41) battle group underway in formation. The vessels include, from left: the frigate Meyerkord (FF-1058) and the guided missile frigate John A. Moore (FFG-19), front row; the battleship New Jersey (BB-62), the aircraft carrier Midway and the frigate Francis Hammond (FF-1067), center, and the fleet oiler Mispillion(T-AO-105), rear on 7 July 1983.Photo # DN-SC-92-05839 from the Department of Defense Still Media Collection, courtesy of dodmedia.osd.mil.
New Jersey306kAn aerial view of the New Jersey (BB-62) in the Subic Channel, which is formed by the Grande and Luzon islands. The ship is en route to the United States Naval Facility, 12 July 1983. Official USN photo # DN-SC-84-03969, by PHCS Steve Harris, from the Department of Defense Still Media Collection, courtesy of dodmedia.osd.mil.
New Jersey143kNew Jersey (BB-62) in Subic Bay in route to the US Naval Facility, 12 July 1983. USN photo courtesy of Robert M. Cieri.
BB-62 New Jersey68kNew Jersey (BB-62) with a Surface Action Group transits in the vicinity of Pearl Harbor enroute to Central America, 12 August 1983. USN photo.
New Jersey89kReserve Seaman (SN) Clarence Christie, center, stands watch as a phonetalker in the forward secondary battery plot room of the battleship New Jersey (BB-62) with Fire Control Technician 2nd Class (FTG2) Tim Rutt and FTGC Mark Sedeker on 9 December 1983. Seaman Christie is serving aboard the New Jersey for a period of active duty training (ACDUTRA). Official USN photo # DN-ST-84-05338, by JO2 Lance Johnson, from the Department of Defense Still Media Collection, courtesy of dodmedia.osd.mil. & submitted by Bill Gonyo.
BB-62 New Jersey60kLine art drawing of the New Jersey (BB-62), 1983. Joe Radigan/ USN photo.
BB-62 New Jersey70kFiring a salvo from her 16"/50 guns during a deployment off the coast of Beirut, Lebanon, 9 January 1984.Official U.S.N. photogrqph USNHC # DN-SC-84-06362, by PH1 Ron Garrison, from the Department of Defense Still Media Collection.
BB-62 New Jersey500kThe date of the photo is 4 February 1984, the day that she fired 288 16" rounds at Beruit, Lebanon. This view also shows the eight large armored box launchers for Tomahawk, and two of the four Harpoon launchers abeam the second funnel.USN photo courtesy of David Buell.
BB-62 New Jersey196kColorful New Jersey (BB-62) on the move spends income tax day, 15 April 1984 in Villefranche, France. Photo courtesy of Carlo Martinelli.
New Jersey211kThe New Jersey (BB-62) passes through the Gaillard Cut during a transit of the canal, 27 April 1984. Official USN photo # DN-ST-84-07644, by PH1 Carolyn Harris, from the Department of Defense Still Media Collection, courtesy of dodmedia.osd.mil.
New Jersey176kThe lock gates close as the New Jersey (BB-62) enters the upper level of the Gatun Locks during its transit of the canal. Official USN photo # DN-SN-84-07676, by PH1 Carolyn Harris, from the Department of Defense Still Media Collection, courtesy of dodmedia.osd.mil.
New Jersey129kBalloons and banners are used to welcome the New Jersey (BB-62) back to home port after 11 months at sea at NAS Long Beach, CA., 5 May 1984. Official USN photo # DN-ST-84-09653, by PH1 David B. Loveall, from the Department of Defense Still Media Collection, courtesy of dodmedia.osd.mil.
New Jersey95kICC Jack Herbster surveys his future work center on board New Jersey (BB-62). When completed, his space will contain some of the Navy's most sophisticated equipment. USN photo # N-0000F-001, courtesy of All Hands magazine / Naval Historical Center, May 2003, pg. 47. & submitted by Bill Gonyo.
BB-62 New Jersey67kNew Jersey (BB-62) (right), the replenishment oiler Kansas City (AOR-3) and the guided missile destroyer Buchanan (DDG-14) underway 2 August 1984. USN photo.
BB-62 New Jersey56kThe broadside of the New Jersey (BB-62) main battery is enveloped in fire, 1984. USN photo.
BB-62 New Jersey193k New Jersey (BB-62) off the coast of California, heading to San Francisco, 13 August 1985. Official USN photograph from the Photo Lab of the New Jersey. Submitted by Robert M. Cieri.
New Jersey129k New Jersey (BB-62) in San Francisco Bay to participate in the Peace in the Pacific celebration, commemorating the 40th Anniversary of the end of the War in the Pacific, 14 August 1985. USN photo courtesy of Robert M. Cieri.
New Jersey137kTwo large harbor tugs, (YTB) help nudge the New Jersey (BB-62) past Robert M. Cieri, 14 August 1985. Photo courtesy of Robert M. Cieri.
BB-62 New Jersey54kRefueling the New Jersey (BB-62) from the oiler Kawishiwi (AO-146), in 1985. USN photo courtesy of Richard Miller, BMCS, USNR RET.
BB-62 New Jersey72kAerial photograph of full broadside of New Jersey (BB-62). Using 1930's technology, the power of these guns still cannot be replaced in the 1990's. USN photo by PH2 Rich Sforza.
BB-62 New Jersey278kPortside view of the New Jersey (BB-62) underway circa 1985. USN photo courtesy of David Buell.
BB-62 New Jersey106kPhoto taken from the Ramsey (FFG-2) during January /February 1986 shows the carrier Kitty Hawk (CVA-63), the oiler is Kawishawi (maybe) and the New Jersey (BB-62) refueling off the Southern California coast.Courtesy of Chris Ronan.
BB-62 New Jersey485kCrewman operates throttle in the main engine room aboard N.J. Behind him, the engine oil inspection station. Photograph courtesy of Pieter Bakels.
BB-62 New Jersey140kNew Jersey (BB-62) as the centerpiece of Battle Group Romeo,, the first battleship battle group to deploy to the Western Pacific since the Korean War including Long Beach (CGN-9), Wabash (AOR-5), Merrill (DD-976), Copeland (FFG-25) and Thatch (FFG-43). Taken 12 May 1986 at the beginning of the deployment of the first battleship battle group. During this deployment Battle Group Romeo tested the feasibility, composition, and advantages and limitations of a Battleship Battle Group in environments from the Gulf of Thailand to the Bering Sea. Official USN photograph, submitted by Robert M. Cieri.
BB-62 New Jersey133k The armored conning door aboard the New Jersey (BB-62) in 1986 during Seafair. Door is 17 inches thick and weighs over a ton. Courtesy of Lacy Lee.
BB-62 New Jersey180k The New Jersey (BB-62) at Naval Station Subic Bay, August 1986. Courtesy of Dave Johnston.
BB-62 New Jersey52k The New Jersey (BB-62) in stero firing it's 16-inch guns, 10 October 1986. USN photo.
New Jersey355k Copy image of an aerial bow view of the New Jersey (BB-62) firing its nine 16-inch/50 caliber guns simultaneously, 30 December 1986. USN photo # DN-SC-04-10490, by PH1 Terry Cosgrove, from the Department of Defense Still Media Collection, courtesy of dodmedia.osd.mil.
New Jersey77kA signalman uses semaphore flags to send a message from the New Jersey (BB-62). In the background are the ship's ribbons, 3 March 1987. Official USN photo # DN-ST-87-04540, by PH2 Rick Sforza, from the Department of Defense Still Media Collection, courtesy of dodmedia.osd.mil.
New Jersey620kCrew members aboard the New Jersey (BB-62) clean a portion of the ship's teak deck by scrubbing with pumice stones and bleach, 3 March 1987. Official USN photo # DN-ST-87-04558, by PH2 Rick Sforza, courtesy of dodmedia.osd.mil.
New Jersey137kChinese laborers paint the side of the New Jersey (BB-62) during a port visit, 3 March 1987. Official USN photo # DN-ST-87-04573, by PH2 Rick Sforza, from the Department of Defense Still Media Collection, courtesy of dodmedia.osd.mil.
BB-62 New Jersey 486k Vice Admiral Douglas Jeffrey Katz was recruited to play football at the Naval Academy and he graduated and received his commission in June 1965. Katz received an M.S. degree in Management from the Naval Postgraduate School and is a graduate of the Naval War College Command and Staff Course. Katz had many sea assignments during his Naval career: He was a gunnery assistant, first lieutenant and ASW officer aboard the Perry (DD-844); ASW officer, after attending Destroyer School, weapons officer aboard The Perry (DD-32); executive officer aboard the Mahan (DDG-42) and surface officer on the staff of Commander Cruiser-Destroyer Group Two. He commanded the destroyer Deyo (DD-989) from 1983 to 1985 and the battleship New Jersey (BB-62) from 1987 to 1989. He then became the Commander of Cruiser-Destroyer Group Two in November 1990. He commanded the America Battle Group during Operation Desert Storm. He was then redeployed aboard the America (CVA-66). Seven months later, as Commander of the Desert Storm Battle Group Commander, he was first Commander to return the Gulf after the War. Vice Admiral Katz served as shipboard advisor with the Fleet Command Advisory Unit in Viet Nam. After a number of assignments, he was promoted to Vice Admiral in October 1992. He became the Commander of the Naval Surface Force U.S. Atlantic Fleet, September 1994. He retired from active duty on 1 August 1997. Defense Visual Information Center photo # DN-SC-90-00121 courtesy of Bill Gonyo.
BB-62 New Jersey & Company252k A bow on view of the battleship New Jersey (BB-62) leading the American battle line. She is followed by the battleship Missouri (BB-63) and the nuclear-powered guided missile cruiser Long Beach (CGN-9) with other screening vessels following astern of the cruiser. The photograph was taken from the fantail of the Enterprise (CVN-65), possibly during exercise RIMPAC '88 during July 1988. Official U.S.N. photogrqph # N-0000X-042, submitted by Bill Gonyo.
New Jersey & Missouri389kA 16-inch projectile lands near the bow of the target ship being fired at by the New Jersey (BB-62) and Missouri (BB-63) during Fleet Exercise '89 on 14 October 1989. USN photo # DN-SN-93-04361, by PH1 Terry Cosgrove, from the Department of Defense Still Media Collection, courtesy of dodmedia.osd.mil.
New Jersey186kThe New Jersey (BB-62) follows the nuclear-powered aircraft carrier Enterprise (CVN-65) during Fleet Exercise '89, on 14 October 1989. Official USN photo # DN-SN-93-04323, by PH1 Terry Cosgrove, from the Department of Defense Still Media Collection, courtesy of dodmedia.osd.mil.
BB-62 New Jersey121k The battleship New Jersey (BB-62) lies tied up at the Pearl Harbor naval station during a visit on 1 August 1990. Official USN photo # DN-SC-92-04472, by OS2 John Bouvia, from the Department of Defense Still Media Collection, courtesy of dodmedia.osd.mil.
New Jersey48kDecommissioning Invitation for the New Jersey (BB-62) at Long Beach Naval Shipyard. Photo courtesy of Robert M. Cieri.
New Jersey198kThe New Jersey (BB-62) and various ship's patches at the time of her decommissioning, 8 February 1991 at Long Beach Naval Shipyard. Photo courtesy of Robert M. Cieri.
New Jersey202k The morning of New Jersey's (BB-62) decommissioning is ushered in by fog. Photo courtesy of David Buell.
New Jersey124kThe New Jersey's (BB-62) crew assembling on deck before the decommissioning ceremony began. Photo courtesy of David Buell.
New Jersey159kThe New Jersey's (BB-62) Commanding Officer reading the decomissioning orders right before the commission pennant was lowered for the last time. Photo courtesy of David Buell.
(NISMF)371kA guest studies a painting depicting the history of battleships. The artwork was painted by George Skybeck and presented to the Pearl Harbor Survivors Association during their annual banquet at Honolulu, Hawaii, on 8 December 1991. USN photo # DN-SC-92-05391, by PHC Carolyn Harris, from the Department of Defense Still Media Collection, courtesy of dodmedia.osd.mil.
BB-62 New Jersey 4.74k Mothballed ships at the Puget Sound Naval Shipyard at Bremerton, Washington, in August 1992. Hornet (CVS-12) with three minesweepers is on the left, New Jersey (BB-62) with two Knox-class frigates is on the right. Photo courtesy of the National Library of Congress's Prints and Photographs division under the digital ID HAER WASH,18-BREM,3-4 via Robert Hurst.
BB-62 New Jersey 3.35k View of the Puget Sound Naval Shipyard at Bremerton, Washington (USA), in August 1992. In front are (among others) the mothballed Hornet (CVS-12), New Jersey (BB-62), Oriskany (CV-34), Bennington (CVS-20), and Midway (CV-41). The active carriers Nimitz (CVN-68) and Carl Vinson (CVN-70) are visible in the background. Image available from the United States Library of Congress's Prints and Photographs division under the digital ID HAER WASH,18-BREM,3-2 via Robert Hurst.
New Jersey & Missouri234kAn aerial stern view of the decommissioned battleship New Jersey (BB-62) and seven decommissioned Knox class frigates tied up at the Ship Intermediate Maintenance Facility at Puget Sound Naval Shipyard, WA., on 17 May 1993. USN photo # DN-ST-95-01861, by Calvin Larsen, from the Department of Defense Still Media Collection, courtesy of dodmedia.osd.mil.
1999 - Present
BB-62 New Jersey136kNew Jersey (BB-62) at the Philadelphia Naval Business Center, spring of 1999, prior to restoration. The ex-America (CV-66) is clearly visible across the peir. Unfortunately, her fate is not as pleasant. The America is slated to be sunk as a target. Courtesy of AO3 Brian S. Bell, USNR.
BB-62 New Jersey108kOil on canvas painting by the artist James Flood entitled "Homecoming - New Jersey (BB-62) - 1999 returning to New Jersey. Photo and partial text courtesy of oldgloryprints.com.
BB-62 New Jersey228kThrongs of curious watch silently at the Marcus Hook town park 11 November 1999. The largest warship many have ever seen is being towed upstream to be adapted into a historic museum at Camden.Photo by John Chiquoine.
BB-62 New Jersey69k11 November 1999. Bow-on shot, as tugs continue to rotate the battleship New Jersey (BB-62) in front of the former Philadelphia Naval Shipyard.Photo by David R. Wells.
BB-62 New Jersey124kNew Jersey (BB-62) is towed up the Delaware River toward the Naval Inactive Ships Facility in Philadelphia, 11 November 1999. USN photo # N-7676W-001 by Chief Journalist John F. Williams. Courtesy of chinfo.navy.mil
BB-62 New Jersey28kNew Jersey (BB-62) moored at the Camden Waterfront near the New Jersey State Aquarium and Tweeter Entertainment Center. Note her SLQ-32 electronic warfare equipment at air defense level, whip antennae, and CIWS have been re-installed during restoration. Courtesy of AO3 Brian S. Bell, USNR.
BB-62 New Jersey83kNew Jersey (BB-62) at Camden, port side aft looking forward. Directors, CIWS, and Armored Box Launchers visible, as well as 16 and 5 inch guns. Note the yellow caution tape and that all decking has been removed surrounding the 16 inch turret and pad eyes have been cut away. Apparently there was rotting wood under the non-slip surface placed over the teak and around the pads, during de-activation preservation. Courtesy of AO3 Brian S. Bell USNR.
BB-62 New Jersey98k A view of the November sun setting behind New Jersey (BB-62) at Camden. Courtesy of AO3 Brian S. Bell USNR.
BB-62 New Jersey200k A panoramic view of the New Jersey (BB-62), taken from the hanger deck of the America (CV-66). Both ships are moored at pier 4 of the old Philadelphia Naval Shipyard. This pier once housed one of the largest hammerhead cranes ever built, capable of lifting 350 tons. The Crane was demolished after the yard's closing in 1995. Courtesy of AO3 Brian S. Bell, USNR.
New Jersey61kkNew Jersey (BB-62) postal cover commemorating the 60th Anniversary of her Commissioning 23 May 2003. USN photo courtesy of Robert M. Cieri.
World War II Memorial371kA quote made by Fleet Adm. Chester W. Nimitz is inscribed on a granite wall at the National World War II Memorial located on the National Mall in Washington, D.C. Fleet Adm. Nimitz was the United States signatory to the surrender terms aboard the battleship Missouri (BB-63) in Tokyo Bay, Japan on 2 September 1945, thus ending World War II. Established by the American Battle Monuments Commission, the memorial honors all military veterans of World War II, the citizens on the home front, the nation at large, and the high moral purpose and idealism that motivated the nation's call to arms. On 29 May2004, the memorial was formally dedicated with an estimated 200,000 people expected to attend, and includes 100,000 visiting veterans of all wars. USN photo # N-0295M-011 by Photographer's Mate 2nd Class Daniel J. McLain, courtesy of news.navy.mil.
BB-62 New Jersey120k Tomahawk missile in box launcher in firing position aboard the New Jersey (BB-62), in Camden. N.J., August 2005. Photo by Skip deGlavina.
BB-62 New Jersey270kForward guns of the New Jersey (BB-62) pointed at downtown Philadelphia, June 2006. Photo by Abram Joslin.
New Jersey163kModel of the New Jersey (BB-62) at the Reading PA air show during 2 & 3 June 2006. Photo courtesy of John Hummel.
BB-62 New Jersey23kUnit Awards, Campaign and Service Medals and Ribbons for the battleship New Jersey (BB-62). From left to right, in order of decending rows:
1. Combat Action Ribbon (with 1 Gold Star) Navy Unit Commendation (with 1 Bronze Star)
2. Navy "E" Ribbon Navy Expeditionary Medal China Service Medal
3. American Campaign Medal Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal (with 1 Silver and 4 Bronze Stars) World War II Victory Medal
4. Navy Occupation Service Medal National Defense Service Medal (with 2 Bronze Stars) Korean Service Medal (with 4 Bronze Stars)
5. Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal Vietnam Service Medal (with 3 Bronze Stars) Sea Service Deployment Ribbon (with 3 Bronze Stars)
6. Philippine Presidential Unit Citation Korean Presidential Unit Citation Republic of Vietnam Gallantry Cross Unit Citation (with Palm)
7. Philippine Liberation Medal (with 2 Bronze Stars) United Nations Service Medal Republic of Vietnam Campaign Medal
Courtesy of Robert M. Cieri.
BB-Iowa class327kNew Jersey (BB-62) today.Photo courtesy of R.John Barrett.
BB-62 New Jersey348kNew Jersey (BB-62) on the mast looking down & looking forward from the top of the mast.Photo by Douglas Walker, ETC.

NEW JERSEY BB-62 History
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Crew Contact And Reunion Information

Contact Name: Mr. Richard Gandolf
Address: 1917 Summernight Terrace, Colorado Spring, CO, 80909
Phone: 719-597-2722.
E-mail: dicknjudy@q.com



Note About Contacts.

The contact listed, Was the contact at the time for this ship when located. If another person now is the contact, E-mail me and I will update this entry. These contacts are compiled from various sources over a long period of time and may or may not be correct. Every effort has been made to list the newest contact if more than one contact was found.


Additional Resources
Hazegray & Underway Battleship Pages By Andrew Toppan.
U.S.S. New Jersey BB 62 Web page

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