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BB-62 USS NEW JERSEY
1944 - 1949

Radio Call Sign: November - Echo - Papa - Papa

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1942 - 1943 (Building / Shakedown Cruise)
1950 - 1953 / Korean War
1954 - 1967
Recommissioning & off to Vietnam, 1968
Vietnam Service / 1968 - Decommissioning 1969
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1983 - 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 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.
Photo added 02/18/15.
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.

NEW JERSEY BB-62 History
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Phone: 719-597-2722.
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