Peace Time: February 20, 2002


: On Valentine's Day 2002, three New Jersey couples were married about the Iowa-class battleship USS New Jersey (BB62), currently moored in the Delaware River at Camden and serving as a memorial museum. Admiral Thomas Seigenthaler, USN (Ret), executive director of the battleship's museum and memorial, said the weddings were the first believed ever to take place on the 887-foot-long battleship and were among many firsts that have occurred on board. Even in the 21st century, a reconditioned BB-62 would be capable of delivering a tremendous amount of ordnance and the USN allegedly keeps a short leash on this floating artifact. An October 1999 article in ARMED FORCES JOURNAL INTERNATIONAL ( even articulated how an IOWA class battleship could put more steel on target than an aircraft carrier. Visit the New Jersey's website at or, then read about the battleship's trip home at - Adam Geibel




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