The New Jersey was built at the Philadelphia Naval Shipyard and launched on Dec.7, 1942, one year after the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor. Rowan, executive director of the Home Port Alliance for the USS New Jersey Inc., which operates the battleship, said as he stood on the deck, which stretches the length of three football fields, and watched crews put the final touches on the installation .The 24,000-pound gun was removed from its mount in July and shipped to a North Jersey restoration company that specializes in antiques.The Quad 40 was transported from Basking Ridge by a tractor-trailer to Camden, where it was unloaded on a barge crane.They are determined to not let the baby alter their working lifestyles, but still fear that they will lose who they are once the baby is born.
Once at the ship, the crane lowered two “spuds” to the bottom of the Delaware River to steady the barge platform.
Officials hope to have one of the three original Turret One 16-inch guns at the New Jersey by December for the anniversary celebration.
The 66-foot-long guns pummeled rounds at Iwo Jima and Okinawa.
One of the 16-inch guns will be displayed on the New Jersey, one will be given to the Navy Yard, and the remaining one will go to Mahan, who collects trucks and historic vehicles. It was moved to the Camden waterfront in 2000 and opened to public tours in 2001, and has had more than one million visitors.
Today, it draws about 88,000 visitors a year, mainly local schoolchildren.