By Christian O’Kane
When the battleship U.S.S. New Jersey (BB-62) arrived at the Camden New Jersey waterfront museum on 15 October 2000 most thought her days as a warship were over. But they were wrong. It’s hard to keep a good warrior down. She had been retired before. Commissioned in 1943 she had served in World war 2 and been decommissioned in 1948. She was recommissioned in 1950 for service in the Korean war) and then decommissioned in 1957. Recommissioned (again!) in 1968 (Vietnam war) and retired in 1969. Recommissioned yet again in 1982 (Cold war) only to be decommissioned for what was thought to be the last time in 1991. The cities of Camden NJ and Philadelphia (which is just across the Delaware river) were delighted to have such a major tourist attraction there. She quickly became a major tourist attraction.
The ship's true worth became clear on 23 May 2002 with the Rikti invasion. The Philadelphia/Camden area was major industrial/manufact