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1950 - 1953 / Korean War

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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 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. Navy Photograph # 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 Nov. 1950. USNHC # 80-G-421957.
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. Navy Photograph submitted by David Buell.
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. Navy Photograph # 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 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. Navy Photograph # 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. Photo added 01/25/09.
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.
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.
BB-62 New Jersey230kGun crews-Interior view of 16" gun turret in the battleship New Jersey (BB-62) on 9 Apr 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 Jersey83kA 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. Navy Photograph # 80-G-K-16320, now in the collections of the National Archives.
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. Navy Photograph # 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 Feb 54. 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.

New Jersey BB-62 History
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Crew Contact And Reunion Information

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Address: 1917 Summernight Terrace, Colorado Spring, CO, 80909
Phone: 719-597-2722.

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