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This Month in the History of Big J...

October 1, 1951 - General Omar Bradley, Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, and General Matthew B. Ridgeway, Commander-in-Chief Far East, came aboard to confer with Admiral Martin.

October 15, 2001 - USS New Jersey opens as a museum on the Delaware River, just a few miles from where she was first commissioned in 1943.

October 18 - 20, 1999 - USS New Jersey makes her final transit of the Panama Canal. Under tow she is headed home to the former Philadelphia Naval Shipyard, the place from which she began her long and distinguished career, almost 57 years earlier.

October 23, 1983 - Terrorists detonated a truck loaded with explosives at the Marine Barracks in Beirut, Lebanon. The blast killed 241 and wounded 80. One of those killed was a USS New Jersey crewman, ETC Michael W. Gorchinski.

October 23 - 26, 1944 - USS New Jersey served as Admiral William F. “Bull” Halsey’s flagship during the Battle of Leyte Gulf.  This battle is recognized as the largest Naval battle in history involving over 200 Japanese and 600 Allied warships.  During this battle the Japanese Navy lost lost 26 warships, while the U.S. Navy lost 6.

October 26, 1968 - USS New Jersey received her first hostile fire since joining the Seventh Fleet in September. At 1710, while on station but with no mission in progress, North Vietnamese gunners fired ten to twelve rounds at the ship, most of which fell short by more than 500 yards.  Their accuracy was so poor it was difficult to immediately tell whether some of the shots were meant for Big J or for other ships in the area.

October 29, 1987 - USS New Jersey gets underway for full power trials and worked up to 32 knots -- her fastest speed since recommissioning in 1982. 

Looking for the perfect gift for that
Battleship Sailor on your Shopping list,
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Personalize a Brick and Help Support the Battleship
Give a truly unique gift to a family member, friend
or even yourself - and help the Battleship!  Purchase
a personalized brick to be placed on the Battleship's
Memorial Pier!  Personalized bricks are available for
a donation of $100.  You can also order a replica
brick for your home or office for $50.  To order a
personalized brick, call (866) 877-6262 ext. 127,
or visit
battleshipnewjersey.org. For an Order
Form you can print and return click
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Buy a bottle of Wine and Support the  Battleship Battleship Red and White Wines are getting rave reviews! Grown, produced and bottled at Auburn Road Vineyards, they compliment any meal.  Plus a portion of each bottle sold goes directly to the ongoing maintenance and preservation of the Battleship!  Battleship Wine can be purchased at Joe Canal's on Route 45 in West Deptford,
NJ, Canal's in Mt. Ephraim, NJ and Hops and Grapes in Glassboro, NJ, or you can purchase Battleship Wine
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The USS New Jersey is open for tours,
for information about visiting click
Here.

To see photos taken at the ships Grand Opening
Celebration on October 15, 2001 click
Here

For information on upcoming events
onboard the USS New Jersey click
Here.

 Interested in Volunteering onboard?
For Information on joining the Crew click
Here.

To see photos from my most recent
Volunteer Day onboard click
Here.

To see photos taken at the Smithsonian's
Air & Space Museum Annex click
Here.

Big J's Volunteers were awarded the 2003
Governor’s Award for “Mobilization of Volunteers."
To date over
600,000 volunteer hours have been logged for tours, renovation and maintenance work. Bravo Zulu to the crew, keep up the good work!

To see photos taken during my visit onboard the
Heavy Cruiser USS Des Moines (CA-134) during a
parts raid before she was scrapped click
Here.

The Jerseyman is a quarterly online Ships Newspaper written and produced by
the volunteer crew and staff of the Battleship New Jersey, along with input from
our readers
.
To read the current or past issues of The Jerseyman click Here.

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* * Current Status and General Information about the Ship * *

Welcome to the Online Home Port of the Battleship New Jersey.  The USS New Jersey completed her Final Voyage home from Bremerton, WA to the former Philadelphia Naval Ship Yard, arriving appropriately enough, on Veteran's Day 1999.  The Navy's decision of where to permanently berth the Battleship was announced on January 20, 2000, and the winner was... Camden!!!  On July 27, 2000 she was moved to the South Jersey Port Corporation's Beckett Street Terminal, where she remained for about 2 weeks.  While there she was opened to the public for Deck Tours on August 9th & 10th, and drew an estimated 11,000 visitors.  She was moved again on August 15, 2000 to another dock, the Broadway Terminal, where she underwent a year long, $7.3 Million restoration.  Finally, on September 23, 2001 she was moved to her new permanent home on the Camden waterfront.  She was officially opened to the public for tours on October 15, 2001.

This site contains lots of information about the USS New Jersey, the Navy's most decorated Battleship, including the Ships History, Battle Record, and Iowa Class Statistics.  It also contains information about how you can help with her ongoing restoration and operation and also fund the construction of a permanent onshore museum.  If you are a New Jersey Resident there are several easy ways you can help and there are also other ways everyone can help.  I myself belong to the the Home Port Alliance, they are the organization that currently has control of the ship and have opened her as a Museum on the Delaware River.  Another organization that worked a long time to bring Big J home is the Battleship New Jersey Historical  Society.  These two organizations worked hard to bring the Navy's most decorated warship home to the state she was named for, and I'm proud to be a small part of their efforts.

If you're interested in reviewing Photos and entries from a Daily Journal kept during the ships final trip home, click on the Final Voyage button.  The Photo Gallery contains photos taken during the ships 4 different active duty periods and an extensive collection of pictures chronicling her final voyage home to New Jersey.  It also contains hundreds of photos taken by me over the past 13+ years showing the ships complete restoration, grand opening to the public and ongoing operations.  If you want to see a picture of a certain area of the ship, chances are you'll find it in the Photo Gallery, and if not, send me an e-mail and describe the area, and I'll take some for you the next time I'm onboard.

Feel free to send me any Comments or Suggestions you may have about this site, I value your input.  If you're interested in visiting websites for other Battleships, other Warships or Naval related sites be sure to check out the extensive Related Links list I compiled while researching for this site.  The list contains links to sites for well over 400 warships and many other Navy related sites.

I encourage you to get involved and help this great cause if you can.  You can join the Home Port Alliance for as little as $45.00 per year or you can help in numerous other ways.  For more information about how you can help, click on the You Can Help button.  Even purchasing items from the Home Port Alliance's Ship's Store helps the cause, and the Hats, Shirts and other items there are very nice.  Buy an official USS New Jersey Hat, a T-Shirt or a Golf Shirt and wear it with pride knowing a portion of its purchase price went to help restore and maintain the Battleship.  I thank you in advance for any help you can provide to this effort.   Don't forget to stop by and sign the Ships Log before you leave.  There are hundreds of entries in the Ships Log, many are from former crewmen looking for old shipmates.  Check out the Log Entries and see if you can hook up with an old buddy.  If you too are trying to get in touch with old shipmates, click on the Crew Info button for some helpful hints to get you started on your way.

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Last updated on April 03, 2012.