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USS New Jersey was an Iowa-class battleship laid down on September 16, 1940 and launched on December 7, 1942. It was first commissioned on May 23, 1943 under Capt. Carl F. Holden’s command with the hull number BB-62 and served in the US Navy for 22 years until it was decommissioned for the last time on February 8, 1991. During its activity, the ship carried a complement of 1,921 men on board and had the main missions in New York, San Pedro, Hawaii, Yokosuka, Pearl Harbor, the Marshalls, the Philippines or Okinawa. After the decommissioning, the ship was struck from the Navy Register on January 4, 1999 and subsequently used as a museum ship. For the services brought to the country during its activity, USS New Jersey received 19 battle stars and many awards.