USS New Jersey
The Navy announced July 21, 2000, that Secretary of the Navy Richard Danzig signed the donation contract officially transferring the historic battleship New Jersey (BB 62) to the Home Port Alliance for USS NEW JERSEY Inc. in Camden.
Built at the Philadelphia Naval Shipyard, the New Jersey was commissioned on May 23, 1943, and saw active service from 1944-1948, 1950-1957, and 1968-1969. After undergoing modernization, she was recommissioned in 1982, serving almost nine more years and demonstrating global U.S. naval presence as part of the Multinational Peacekeeping Force in Beirut, Lebanon, and in developments to the Eastern Mediterranean and Western Pacific.
Beyond her imposing size, the "Big J" has an impressive record of service to her country, winning many awards for the noteworthy actions of her crew, including sixteen battle stars - nine in World War II, four during the Korean War, and three during the Vietnam War - as well as two Navy Unit Commendations, eight service medals and eight service ribbons.
The Navy donates ships as a way of preserving naval history and tradition, educating the public, and commemorating the men and women who built and sailed the vessels.
The USS New Jersey completed her final voyage home from Bremerton, Washington to the former Philadelphia Naval Ship Yard, arriving there appropriately enough, on Veterans' Day 1999. The Navy's decision to berth the Battleship permanently in Camden was announced on June 20, 2000.
The Battleship New Jersey, our Nation's most decorated battleship, is now a floating museum on the Delaware River, along the Camden Waterfront across from Center City, Philadelphia.
History comes to life as visitors experience a twohour guided tour through the Iowa - class ship, one of the largest battleships ever built. The tour takes visitors around the upper and lower sections of the Battleship complete with a multimedia room for disabled visitors.
Guided Tours are as follows:
9 AM - 3 PM October - March
9 AM - 5 PM April - September
For general information and directions call The Home Port Alliance Group, 2500 Broadway, Drawer 18, Camden, NJ 08104; 856-966-1652, Fax 856-966- 1883; web site: www.ussnj.org; or museum curator at 856-966-1561.