March 5, 1953 -
USS New Jersey departed Norfolk and prepared to make her fifth
transit of the Panama Canal heading back to Korea for her second
tour of duty there.
March 24, 1945 -
USS New Jersey once again carried out the vital battleship role
of heavy bombardment, shelling the beaches of Okinawa in
preparation for the assault, which followed one week later.
March 27 - 28, 1968 -
At 0600 on the 27th, off the Virginia Capes, USS New Jersey
began building steam for a full power run, a brutal test of
machinery that would push the battleship to the limits. At 1039
the pit log read 30 knots. Speed was reduced while the crew ate
lunch, and in the afternoon another high speed run was commenced
- this one to full power. All engines ahead flank. "Indicate
190 rpms", ordered the COD. "190 turns, aye... 190 indicated
and answered for", replied the lee helm. More turns were added.
195.. .200.. .202. At 1547 the OOD ordered maximum turns, 207.
"Pit log reads 35.2 knots", reported the lee helm. The ship
maintained this speed for six hours, and when the Captain was
satisfied with the performance of his engineering plant, it was
time for the final test: to place maximum strain on the plant by
going from all ahead flank to all back emergency. When the
order was given, a smoke float was dropped over the side to
measure the ship's forward progress. It took two miles for the
ship to go dead in the water and start to make sternway. After
the tests a thorough inspection of the engineering plant was
conducted, it checked out perfectly. As the ship approached
Pier 4, Philadelphia Naval Shipyard, at 1400 on Thursday, 28
March, Captain Snyder ordered a broom run up the halyard for all
to see - the Navy's traditional symbol for a clean sweep.
March 31, 1969 - USS New Jersey fired the last
observed fire mission of her tour in Vietnam.
The mission was fired against an enemy bunker complex
three-and-one-half miles northeast of Con Thien. An aerial
observer reported seven bunkers were destroyed. An additional
50 rounds of main battery and 815 rounds of secondary battery
were fired unobserved that night.
This brought the total ordnance expended to nearly 12,000,000
pounds in 120 days on the gunline. Total rounds expended were
5,866 16-inch and 14,891 five-inch. The main battery rounds
expended during USS New Jersey's deployment to Vietnam were only
1,500 short of the total she fired in World War II, two cruises
to Korea, and several midshipmen cruises combined!
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To date over
volunteer hours have been logged for tours, renovation and maintenance
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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.
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
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
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.