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BB-62 USS NEW JERSEY
1942 - 1943 (Building / Shakedown Cruise)

Radio Call Sign: November - Echo - Papa - Papa

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1950 - 1953 / Korean War
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Recommissioning & off to Vietnam, 1968
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1986 - 1998
1999 - Present


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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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 Jersey128kBeing 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. Copied from the Bureau of Ships monograph "United States Battleship Designs for World War II", dated 1 June 1946. USNHC # NH 93911.
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.US Navy photo courtesy of Scott Koen & ussnewyork.com.
BB-62 New Jersey122k Part 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 Jersey1.68kWaterbourne! 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.
Photo added 05/30/14.
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.
Photo added 05/30/14.
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.
Photo added 05/30/14.
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 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.U.S. Navy Photograph 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.
U.S. Navy Photograph submitted by Pieter Bakels.
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 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.U.S. Navy Photograph submitted by Pieter Bakels.
BB-62 New Jersey247kBridge arrangement as installed, 11 October 1943. U.S. Navy Photograph 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. U.S. Navy Photograph 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.U.S. Navy Photograph 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.U.S. Navy Photograph 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 U.S. Navy 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.U.S. Navy Photograph submitted by Pieter Bakels.
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.

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



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

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