USS NEW JERSEY FIRES 16 INCHERS OFF CAPE HENLOPEN
HISTORY OF CAPE HENLOPEN AND BEYOND
CAPE HENLOPEN FIRING RANGE 1968
Aboard The USS New Jersey at Sea: April 1968
The Battleship USS New Jersey cruised in the Atlantic yesterday toward the end
of four days of sea trials and testing of her 16 inch guns at the Cape Henlopen Firing Range. Today all nine of her 16 inchers will be fired for the first time since she was put
in mothballs over ten year ago . Each gun will be fired once. Then each of the three gun
turrets will fire a salvo.. Eighteen projectiles to be fired are all that are aboard for the
It was because of the big guns that the USS New Jersey was taken out of the
reserve fleet at Philadelphia Naval Shipyard and reactivated at a cost of $20 million.
By the end of September she is ti be off the coast of Viet Nam pounding
enemy positions from miles at sea.
Yesterday the USS New Jersey had cruised 130 miles to NE of Norfolk for a series of high speed test which were postponed because of boiler problems, and she
headed back to a point 50 miles off Cape Henlopen.. The huge battlewagon, as long as
three football fields, had left Philadelphia Naval Base last Monday and will leave for
the west coast in May, then on to Vietnam.
Abstract: Wednesday, 17 April, 1968, The Central New Jersey Home News,
New Brunswick, New Jersey, for The Cape Gazette Blog,
History of Cape Henlopen and Beyond.