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1986 - 1998

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1942 - 1943 (Building / Shakedown Cruise)
1945 - 1949
1950 - 1953 / Korean War
1954 - 1967
Recommissioning & off to Vietnam, 1968
Vietnam Service / 1968 - Decommissioning 1969
1970 - 1982
1983 - 1985
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 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 US Navy 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
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 U.S. Navy photo # DN-ST-87-04540, by PH2 Rick Sforza, from the Department of Defense Still Media Collection, courtesy of
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 U.S. Navy photo # DN-ST-87-04558, by PH2 Rick Sforza, courtesy of
New Jersey137kChinese laborers paint the side of the New Jersey (BB-62) during a port visit, 3 March 1987. Official U.S. Navy photo # DN-ST-87-04573, by PH2 Rick Sforza, from the Department of Defense Still Media Collection, courtesy of
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.
Photo added 09/15/13.
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. Navy Photograph # 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
New Jersey186kThe New Jersey (BB-62) follows the nuclear-powered aircraft carrier Enterprise (CVN-65) during Fleet Exercise '89, on 14 October 1989. Official U.S. Navy photo # DN-SN-93-04323, by PH1 Terry Cosgrove, from the Department of Defense Still Media Collection, courtesy of
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 U.S. Navy photo # DN-SC-92-04472, by OS2 John Bouvia, from the Department of Defense Still Media Collection, courtesy of
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
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

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.

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.
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