After a 58-year career including service in the battle zones of World War II, Korea, Vietnam and the Middle East, the retired USS New Jersey has opened as a museum in Camden, N.J.
Launched in 1942 and mothballed in 1991, the vessel in 1999 became the focus of competition among various cities that wanted it as a tourist attraction. In November, 1999, it was towed 5,800 miles from Puget Sound Naval Shipyard in Bremerton, Wash, and temporarily moored at the Philadelphia Navy Yard.
In January, 2000, the U.S. Navy officially selected Camden as the site for the battleship museum. In September, she was permanently berthed at a new pier near the New Jersey State Aquarium along Camden's Delaware River waterfront. On Oct. 15, 2001, she was officially opened as a public memorial and museum.
Below are links to online photo archives that contain images from every phase of the USS New Jersey's history from her launch to the latest events in Camden.