By CAROL COMEGNO
The battleship New Jersey will be in the national
spotlight on Tuesday when retired Gen. Norman Schwarzkopf -
architect of the Gulf War - stands on its deck on the
Camden Waterfront and addresses state veterans.
The speech will be televised via satellite Tuesday night
during the Republican National Convention.
Although it will be viewed live on a screen by delegates
at the convention inside the First Union Center in
Philadelphia, the event is not being sponsored or paid for
by the Republican Party, convention officials said.
Schwarzkopf, a Trenton native whose father was the first
superintendent of the New Jersey State Police, is to speak
on military readiness to 150 state veterans on the eve of
the 10th anniversary of the Iraqi invasion of Kuwait.
He was commander of Operations Desert Shield and Desert
Storm in the brief Gulf War - the largest deployment of U.
S. troops since the Vietnam War. The success of that
operation began a new era of international cooperation in
promoting order in the post-Cold War world.
Andy Card, 2000 Republican National Convention co-
chairman, said the general will provide one of the most
memorable moments of the convention.
The historic ship is expected to arrive in Camden about
11 a.m. today after being towed from the former
Philadelphia naval shipyard, where it was built and
launched in 1942. It is to become a museum late next
The president of the Home Port Alliance - the nonprofit
South Jersey group that the Navy chose to turn one of the
nation's most decorated ships into a museum on the Camden
Waterfront - said the Schwarzkopf event will not be
sponsored by the Republican Party.
We are negotiating indirectly to rent the ship to a
corporate sponsor for an event featuring Schwarzkopf. We
are working through the state on this since the original
request came from the state, said retired Navy captain
David McGuigan, alliance president.
He said neither the Navy nor the alliance, a nonprofit
corporation, can use the ship for partisan political
A distinguished veteran like Schwarzkopf talking to
other veterans on a ship with a stunning record from World
War II to the Persian Gulf is an appropriate use of the
ship and gives visibility to the ship, the state and to
Camden, he said.