Jun 26

The Battleship New Jersey and the Korean War

Saturday, June 26, 2010 6:00 AM


Carol Comegno writes in yesterday’s Courier Post, “The Battleship New Jersey rests tranquilly on the Delaware River today as a naval museum on the Camden Waterfront silhouetted by the Philadelphia skyline across the river. Sixty years ago today when the Korean War started in 1950, it was also resting, as an inactive ship in the New Jersey Naval Yard at Bayonne after stellar service in World War II. But not for long. War called and the ship was recommissioned at Bayonne on Nov. 21, 1950, and served two tours of duty off the coast of Korea from 1951 to 1953, shelling coastal areas with its nine booming 16-inch guns — the largest ever manufactured for the Navy.”

Full article here.

For a short history of the USS New Jersey (BB-62) in the Korean War, click here. For aditional photos of the “Big Jay” click here.

USS New Jersey (BB-62) fires a nine 16-inch gun salvo during bombardment operations against enemy targets in Korea, adjacent to the 38th parallel. Photo is dated 10 November 1951.