If you're anything like our Camden DWI lawyers, you love learning about American history. One of the perks of living in the mid-Atlantic is the wealth of historical sites and tourist attractions scattered throughout the region. We think it's important to take advantage of these various pieces of American history. A trip to a site like Battleship New Jersey makes for an educational field trip the whole family can enjoy. Some of our lawyers recently took our family's on an overnight experience at the world-famous Battleship New Jersey, where we live a simulated sailor experience and learned all about the legendary ship.
We stayed overnight with a group of about 200 people. The size of the ship was awe-inspiring and took our breath away. We took our time exploring the decks, which stretched the length of about three football fields. After a chowline dinner, our guide took us on a tour of the ship's various areas - including the ship's 16-inch gun turrets, the Combat Engagement Center (where we participated in a simulated launch of a Tomahawk missile), the Captain's and Admiral's cabins, and the Officer's Wardroom.
We bunked overnight just like the sailors did over the course of four major wars, before waking up at 7:00 a.m. the next day. We took a self-guided tour and made sure to get in some good photos before checking out the museum and picking up some souvenirs to bring home.
First launched in December of 1942, the USS New Jersey was used in four major wars until it was decommissioned for the final time in February of 1991. These wars included:
The battleship was used in a few more operations as part of the Pacific Fleet in the 1980s, before being decommissioned for the final time in 1991 after the fall of the Soviet Union. In 2004, the State of New Jersey officially designated the ship as an historical place. It was added to the National Register of Historical places later that year. The ship has remained in Camden.