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BB-62 USS NEW JERSEY
Recommissioning & off to Vietnam, 1968

Radio Call Sign: November - Echo - Papa - Papa

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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 Sept 1999 - 11 Nov 1999.
Fate: Moved to Camden, NJ for preservation as a museum.
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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 Jersey129k Front 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.
BB-62 New Jersey104k The New Jersey (BB-62) went off to war commanded by CAPT J. Edward Snyder, Jr. USN courtesy of Robert M. Cieri.
BB-62 New Jersey33kNew Jersey (BB-62) at Norfolk in the Spring of 1968. She just finished her recommissioning and was heading to Vietnam. Courtesy of Steve Singlar ETCS, USNR-ret.
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 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. Photo added 09/22/07.
BB-62 New Jersey84kThe 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 in this and the next 4 photos) before arriving at her new home port of Long Beach, California, 11 June on her way to Vietnam. Photo courtesy of Larry Pfeiffer & submitted by Karen Pfeiffer. Partial text courtesy of DANFS.
BB-62 New Jersey87kNew Jersey (BB-62) transiting the Miraflores Lock, Panama Canal, on her way to join the Pacific Fleet, 4 June 1968. USN / USNI photo.
New Jersey132kBow view of the New Jersey (BB-62) transiting the Miraflores Lock, Panama Canal, on her way to join the Pacific Fleet, 4 June 1968. USN photo courtesy of Robert M. Cieri.
BB-62 New Jersey213kNew Jersey (BB-62) as she transits the Panama Canal on 4 June 1968. Official US Navy Photograph # BB-62-040F-6-68, from the ship's own photo lab. Courtesy of Robert M. Cieri.
BB-62 New Jersey77kThe New Jersey (BB-62) enters the Miraflores Locks in the Panama Canal and begins the final leg of a journey taking her from the Atlantic to the Pacific, 6 June 1968. USN / USNI photo.
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 Jersey159k Starboard bow view of the New Jersey (BB-62) after her recommissioning. The photo was taken on 17 June 1968. The New Jersey was five miles out of San Diego Bay, heading for San Diego. USN photo # VFP-63-48180-6-68, by Light Photographic Squadron # 63 and processed at the Fleet Air Photographic Laboratory, US Naval Air Station, Miramar, California. Submitted courtesy of Robert M. Cieri.
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 Jersey203k New Jersey (BB-62) in the Pacific, prepares to fire a full main battery broadside at San Clemente Island, CA. on 25 June 1968. Official US Navy Photograph from the US Naval Photographic Center & submitted by Robert M. Cieri.
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-Sept 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 Doctrine Command (TRADOC).
BB-62 New Jersey174kPort side view of the New Jersey (BB-62) entering San Diego harbor in July 1968 with NAS North Island in the background. The destroyer on the left of Navy Boat 01 is a DLG of the Farragut/Coontz class (later re-rated as DDGs in 1975).
I took these pictures from the bridge of the Evans (DE-1023) while we were moored to a bouy in San Diego harbor.
Photo & text courtesy of Darryl Baker, scanned courtesy of By Design in Benicia, CA.
Photo i.d. courtesy of David C Nilsen. CTR, USA 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 US Navy Photograph from the U.S. Naval Photographic Center, courtesy of Robert M. Cieri.
BB-62 New Jersey125k 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 austure. It symbolized a key problem of the reserve fleet. Communication equipment changes relativley 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 conveient, 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 foreward 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 US Navy 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.
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 lauchers. 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.
BB-62 New Jersey91kPearl Harbor, Hawaii, October 1968 with the Arizona Memorial in the background.Courtesy of Richard Leonhardt.

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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