BB-62 USS NEW JERSEY - US NAVY BATTLESHIP - 1953 16 INCH GUNS SALVO
USS New Jersey (BB-62), ("Big J" or "Black Dragon") is an Iowa-class battleship, and was the second ship of the United States Navy to be named in honor of the U.S. state of New Jersey. New Jersey earned more battle stars for combat actions than the other three completed Iowa-class battleships, and is the only U.S. battleship to provide gunfire support during the Vietnam War.
During World War II, New Jersey shelled targets on Guam and Okinawa, and screened aircraft carriers conducting raids in the Marshall islands. During the Korean War, she was involved in raids up and down the North Korean coast, after which she was decommissioned into the United States Navy reserve fleets, better known as the "mothball fleet". She was briefly reactivated in 1968 and sent to Vietnam to support U.S. troops before returning to the mothball fleet in 1969. Reactivated once more in the 1980s as part of the 600-ship Navy program, New Jersey was modernized to carry missiles and recommissioned for service. In 1983, she participated in U.S. operations during the Lebanese Civil War.
New Jersey was decommissioned for the last time in 1991, having earned a Navy Unit Commendation for service in Vietnam and 19 battle and campaign stars for combat operations during World War II, the Korean War, the Vietnam War, the Lebanese Civil War, and service in the Persian Gulf. After a brief retention in the mothball fleet, she was donated to the Home Port Alliance in Camden, New Jersey, and began her career as a museum ship 15 October 2001.
Where applicable, data is that of the modernized/reconstructed version and not that of the original as-built configuration.
Nickname: Black Dragon, Big J
Authorized: 27 March 1934, 3 June 1936, 17
Keel Laid: 16 September 1940
Launched: 7 December 1942
Commissioned: 23 May 1943
Main Battery: Nine 16in/50cal Mk.7 (3 x 3)
Secondary Battery: Twenty 5in/38cal (10 x 2)
Design Displacement: 45,000 tons
Full Load Displacement: 57,210 tons
Overall Length: 887 ft 7 in
Waterline Length: 859 ft 10 in
Draft: 28 ft 11 in
Beam: 108 ft 2 in
Design Speed: 33 knots
Decommissioned: 8 February 1991 (Final)
WWII Battle Stars: Nine
Final Fate: Will become a museum/memorial ship in