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Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships entry for BB-62 Webmasters Note The Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships covers the history of the New Jersey only until the publication of the book in 1970 We hope to add a separate section of this web page that will cover the period 1982-1991 From DICTIONARY OF AMERICAN NAVAL FIGHTING SHIPS James L Mooney ed Naval Historical Center Department of the Navy Washington DC 1970 Transcribed and edited by Larry W Jewell jewellmaceccpurdueedu Class IOWA Displacement 45000 Length 8877 Beam 1081 Draft 2811 Speed 33 knots Complement 1921 Armament 9 16 20 5 The second NEW JERSEY BB-62 was launched 7 December 1942 by the Philadelphia Naval Shipyard sponsored by Mrs Charles Edison wife of Governor Edison of New Jersey former Secretary of the Navy and commissioned at Philadelphia 23 May 1943 Captain Carl F Holden in command NEW JERSEY completed fitting out and trained her initial crew in the Western Atlantic and Caribbean On 7 January 1944 she passed through the Panama Canal war bound for Funafuti Ellice Islands She reported there 22 January for duty with the Fifth Fleet and three days later rendezvoused with Task Group 582 for the assault on the Marshall Islands NEW JERSEY screened the carriers from enemy attack as their aircraft flew strikes against Kwajalein and Eniwetok 29 January - 2 February softening up the latter for its invasion and supporting the troops who landed 31 January NEW JERSEY began her distinguished career as a flagship 4 February in Majuro Lagoon when Admiral Raymond A Spruance commanding the Fifth Fleet broke his flag from her main Her first action as a flagship was a bold two day surface and air strike by her task force against the supposedly impregnable Japanese fleet base on Truk in the Carolines This blow was coordinated with the assault on Kwajalein and effectively
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