Battleship New Jersey to Enter Drydock Spring 2024

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Battleship New Jersey to Enter Drydock Spring 2024

Post by John Neuenburg » Tue Jan 02, 2024 9:57 am

The battleship New Jersey is a museum ship in Camden, NJ. She will be moved for the first time in 23 years down the river to the Philadelphia Navy Yard for drydock work this Spring. The last time she was out of the water was in 1991, 32 years ago. The government requires inactive ships like this to be drydocked every 20 years for maintenance. It is expected to take two months to do the work.

The Philadelphia Enquirer has a story about this today. It was published on an msn.com's news feed. I don't know how long it will be viewable - here is a link:
https://www.msn.com/en-us/travel/news/b ... 9875&ei=20

There are 1,400 anodes on the hull that prevent hull corrosion. About half will be replaced. Also there are around 165 through hull fittings which among other things passed cooling water to the engines. These were covered with sheet metal plates when the ship was decommissioned. One has failed, all will be inspected.

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Re: Battleship New Jersey to Enter Drydock Spring 2024

Post by zepher11 » Tue Jan 02, 2024 3:37 pm

Right on. Happy they will keep this floating piece of history alive for many more years. More impressed that we still have the ability to work and/or maintain such a large ship.
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Re: Battleship New Jersey to Enter Drydock Spring 2024

Post by John Neuenburg » Tue Jan 02, 2024 5:16 pm

Her drydock will be the one where she was built!
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Post by Pasturepilot1 » Tue Jan 02, 2024 5:27 pm

I have toured the USS Iowa California and the USS Alabama in Mobile. They are very impressive. The Iowa is the only navy ship with a bath tub.

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Re: Battleship New Jersey to Enter Drydock Spring 2024

Post by John Neuenburg » Tue Jan 02, 2024 6:19 pm

Pasturepilot1 wrote:
Tue Jan 02, 2024 5:27 pm
I have toured the USS Iowa California and the USS Alabama in Mobile. They are very impressive. The Iowa is the only navy ship with a bath tub.
Yes the Roosevelt trip on the Iowa is one to look into!

We in Northern California were lucky to have the Iowa in Richmond for four months while they prepped and painted her for the tow to San Pedro to be a museum. She was in storage for 10 years at Benicia after the museum proposal for San Francisco fizzled. The mast had been removed to get under a bridge and it was reinstalled in Richmond, like what the New Jersey will be going through.

The Iowa folks had open houses for deck tours on weekends during that stay to raise some money. They put battleship exhibits in an unused freight terminal to enhance peoples' visits. The MVCC supported this with vehicles including my jeep and some vehicles from Jacques Littlefield's museum. We had a couple events where more MVs showed up. Right before the tow south, they had a large press event. One of the features was a restored UH-1H Huey from EMU Inc. (Hueyvets.com) was invited to land on the helo deck for the cameras! I found a sponsor to help with that expense and I helped too. Three of us got to ride on the helo from Hayward for this. After landing, pilot and MVCC member Randy Parent (RIP) and I did a custom tour of the ship. Well.... it was unguided. We saw the engine room, prop shafts, got to sit on the CO's chair, etc. Very memorable. Don't tell anybody!

Iowa class battleships are not great for tall people or ones who tend to trip over things!
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Re: Battleship New Jersey to Enter Drydock Spring 2024

Post by Pasturepilot1 » Wed Jan 03, 2024 6:30 am

Interesting story, John. I was in Florida on top of the lighthouse at the Pensacola NAS. I met a gentleman at the top and the subject of the Iowa came up. He was on the crew that repaired the gun turret that blew up in 1989.. I told him about the bath tub and he didn't know that fact.

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Post by doctordirt » Wed Jan 03, 2024 8:06 am

I was privileged to be part of the team that brought the USS New Jersey home from Bremerton, WA. We actually paid a free-lance reporter to ride the towboat from Bremerton to NJ and send us three photos every day as well as a short progress report.
I got to fly down care of the NJ Air National Guard in a KC-135 and meet the USS New Jersey in Panama where a big delegation from the state gathered to see the ship transit the canal. Every tug in the Panama Canal Zone was needed to pull the old girl through the series of locks. It was the last 'Panamax" US warship to transit the canal.
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Re: Battleship New Jersey to Enter Drydock Spring 2024

Post by Ez8 » Fri Feb 16, 2024 5:32 pm

I think the USS Texas is currently in dry dock as well? Has anyone been down to see it?
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Post by halifaxgroup » Mon Feb 19, 2024 6:18 am

I was there about three months ago.
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Re: Battleship New Jersey to Enter Drydock Spring 2024

Post by tonyadams » Thu Feb 22, 2024 6:42 pm

The move and maintenance work on the battleship New Jersey serves as a reminder of the ongoing efforts to preserve our maritime heritage and honor the sacrifices of those who served aboard these vessels.bitlife


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