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July 21, 1945

USS New Jersey has long log of Pacific warfare

Washington, July 21 (INS) - The Navy Department revealed today that the giant battleship New Jersey participated in the Pacific Fleet's first major carrier air strike against Tokyo.

One of the biggest battleships in the world, the New Jersey protected participating elements of the Fleet when Tokyo and Yokohama were bombed Feb. 16-17.

The New Jersey offered protection from March 18 to April 13 when carrier air thrusts at Japan, the Ryukyus and Japanese task forces were made by the Pacific Fleet.

In the March attacks on Honshu the battleship shot down four enemy planes, some of which were diving on American carriers with suicidal intent, the Navy said.

From the date the New Jersey joined the Pacific Fleet, Jan. 22, 1944, she changed from "boot" to "veteran." Her log reads like a diary of the Pacific war.

Capt. C.F. Holden, of Bangor, Me., was the battleship's first skipper. He stayed in command until relieved by Capt. E.T. Woolridge, of Lawrenceburg, Ky., in January, 1945.

The New Jersey, a product of the Philadelphia Navy Yard, was commissioned in May, 1943.



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