New Jersey (BB 62) - Naval Cruise Book

 - Class of 1988

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In the 1980s, the experts were proved wrong. The high speed and fire that served New Jersey well in World War II was needed again. Development of the cruise missile and the Navy's requirement to get them to sea meant a new role had developed for the battleship. As a missile carrier she would have a strike weapon with a long lethal reach and still be a capable heavily armored artillery platform New Jersey s modernization began at the Long Beach Naval Shipyard in August 1981 The battleship was outfitted with Tomahawk and Harpoon cruise missiles the close in weapons system ffor short range anti air defensel modern electronic warfare gear radars boilers were converted to burn Navy distillate fuel For the first time in almost forty years the President commissioned a Naval ship The most decorated ship in the Navy New Jersey was commissioned for the fourth time by President Reagan on December 28 1982 The President said that being aboard the battleship reminded him of being on the set of Operation Hellcat then echoed the decommissioning words of New Jersey's last commanding officer before placing her in commission for the fourth time. Her shakedown cruise began in June, 1983. International tensions dictated that it would be much more than a trial run. I-Ier deployment- was diverted from the Western Pacific to Central America and then the Mediterranean to provide a presence there She remained on station off the coast of Beirut for the next six months supporting Marines serving as a contingent of the multi national peace keeping force On three occasions New Jersey fired her 16 inch guns in their defense On February 8th 1984 she fired 288 rounds into the surrounding hills Her presence in tandem with aircraft couldnt be countered Conventional measures against the ship would meet with extremely heavy armor plating and as it is generally thought merely bounce off or cause superficial damage Her rounds were not flown in by vulnerable pilots in expensive Jets and a one ton bullet could hardly be deterred from its target New Jersey finally came home to Long Beach in May 1984 eleven months after , - , Q . . , . , . . . 7 ' ' . . . , -. . , , . - . , , . , . . . and communication equipment, and the carrier groups was significant in that it 1 7 D . . . , . . 1 ' 1 y - . . u , . , . u u if . I V 77 . 7 7 7 departing on what was to be a three month tour. New Jersey's next deployment was to be significant for another reason. lt would be the first deployment of a battleship battle group since the Korean War. As centerpiece of the battle group, New Jersey and her escorts operated from Hawaii to Thailand as the only United States Naval presence in that area from May to October, 1986. The battleship battle group included anti-air and anti-submarine warfare capable cruisers, destroyers, frigates, and support ships. It is not intended to replace an aircraft carrier battle group, however in areas of lesser enemy air and submarine threat it complements the carriers with the great and unique, fire power of her missiles and 16-inch guns. As a result of New Jerseyfs deployment, the battleship battle group concept and the battleship modernization program was validated and is alive and well in today's Navy - evidenced by the active presence of her New Jersey's three sisters. Cn July 9th, 1988, New Jersey practiced a new concept, that of the Surface Action Group. And so it begins . . ,

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f Beginnings of the aft 16-inch gun turret, October, 1941. New jersey fires her 16-inch guns during the bombardment of Tinian Island, Marianas, june 1944. New jersey, second from bottom, steams with the other lowas during the Korean War. New jersey is towed to Long Beach, Ca. for refitting and reactivation, july, 1981. . found her in Guam. She steamed to Japan for a look around and the battle cry was HI-Iome James, don't spare the boilers!" - a sentiment to be felt more times than anyone might have suspected in September, 1945. The battleship settled into a routine of midshipman training until she was decommissioned in 1948. Her high speed and fire power were needed again in 1950 when war broke out in Korea. The battleship was recommissioned and on the firing line at Wonsan by May 20th, 1951. The next day, the battleship's uncanny lucky streak was broken with her only combat loss and unfriendly large calibre hit when a five-inch shore battery scored one near the aft 16- inch gun turret and one man was killed. She served two tours of duty in Korean waters providing heavy mobile artillery in support of American and United Nations forces. New Jersey added four more battle stars. D Following the 1953 armistice, the battleship returned to the Atlantic Fleet, via another tight squeeze through the Panama Canal iwith about two feet to sparelj. She operated there until decommissioning in 1957. The decade that followed was a dark one for the gunned behemoths. While they were in mothballs, the Navy was making nuclear vessels and bigger aircraft carriers to handle long- range jets. Surface combatants traded armor for agility. Missiles gradually replaced guns. Aircraft carriers became the Navy's stead and lead the battle groups. The ship-to-ship, gun-to- gun, close-range Hshowdowni' concept became outdated, and so, it seemed, did the battleships designed for it. But there was still one mission that a battleship could accomplish more efficiently that any other craft: shore bombardment. The battleship left her three sisters and was recommissioned to fill that role off the coast of Vietnam on April 6th, 1968. She was outfitted with improved electronics gear and her light antiaircraft guns were removed. Although parts of her were still in mothballs, she was back in her environment . During her one- year tour as the world's last active battleship, she obliterated VietCong targets with over 10,000 rounds, including 3,000 16-inch bullets. When she left, she had another two battle stars and a Navy Commendation Medal to her credit. Despite objections from some Army and Marine Vietnam veterans, political and budgetary reasons determined that the New Jersey would be decommissioned December 17th, 1969. Her commanding officer regretfully retired her with the words, "Rest well, yet sleep lightly, and hear the call, if again sounded, to provide fire power for freedom." They were hopeful words, but most experts would agree that the battleship age was over.

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