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Dreadnaught Graveyard (03:07)


Bombers sink obsolete battleships in the Chesapeake Bay in 1921 as part of an international peace agreement. In 1966, the U.S.S. Iowa, Wisconsin and New Jersey remained in the Philadelphia Navy yard.

Dreadnaught History (02:01)

The Royal Navy designed the first all big gun battleship early in the 20th century. There were 175 built worldwide; most were destroyed during war or dismantled in peace. The U.S. Navy used older battleships between world wars.

U.S.S. New Jersey (02:42)

After the attack on Pearl Harbor, dreadnaught designs were improved upon, including thicker steel armor and longer range guns. See footage of the battleship being placed in commission in 1943.

Baptism of Fire (02:18)

The U.S.S. New Jersey entered the battle for the Marshall Islands in January 1944. See the officers' off duty wardroom.

World War II Role (04:07)

The U.S.S. New Jersey shifted from dueling with enemy fleets to shooting down enemy plans as a bodyguard for aircraft carriers. See footage of Admiral Bull Halsey and crew members during the Battle of Okinawa.

Post-World War II Period (03:02)

The U.S.S. New Jersey was one of few the battleships retained for possible action. She was recommissioned to fight in the Korean War.

Refurbishing for the Vietnam War (04:35)

In summer and fall of 1967, dry dock workers and engineers prepared the U.S.S. New Jersey for action at the Philadelphia Naval shipyard, including updating computer and communications systems.

Preparing for Recommission (02:40)

Dock workers finished refurbishments and crew members tested systems on the U.S.S. New Jersey at the Philadelphia Naval shipyard.

Setting Sail (03:40)

Naval officers recommissioned the U.S.S. New Jersey. In May 1968, the battleship left Philadelphia for Vietnam. Hear a summary of dreadnaughts in world history.

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The USS New Jersey is demothballed and recommissioned to join the fleet for service in Vietnam. Written by battleship historian Richard Hough, narrated by Martin Gabel, musical score by Thom George.

Length: 29 minutes

Item#: BVL54293

Copyright date: ©1968

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