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Battleship New Jersey Appoints New Trustees

The Home Port Alliance for the USS New Jersey, America's most decorated battleship, together with Troy Collins, CEO of the Battleship New Jersey Museum & Memorial, announce the appointment of six new members to the Board of Trustees. Co-chaired by John Matheussen, CEO of the Delaware River Port Authority and Patricia Egan Jones, Camden County Surrogate, the Board, established in 1998 to facilitate the Battleship's return to its permanent berth on the Delaware River's Camden Waterfront across from Center City Philadelphia, has spearheaded the ship's massive restoration and new life as a living, breathing history classroom and signature waterfront attraction for veterans, patriots, families and students from around the world. "As part of our mission to generate support across the region for the continued restoration and preservation of one of the nation's greatest naval treasures," said Matheussen, "we need to ensure that our Board keeps evolving. This extraordinary military vessel creates a unique bridge between Camden and Philadelphia, and just as we were able to bring Mayor Street and Commerce Chairman Vernon Hill together as Co-Chairs for our first fundraiser this summer, we're delighted to welcome these noted leaders from all areas of our community to the Battleship New Jersey family, and value the wisdom and expertise they bring to the organization." The new members of the board are: Nilsa Cruz-Perez Assemblywoman NJ, 5th District


Mighty Mo Returns from Drydock

The USS Missouri leaves drydock after 12 weeks and $18 million worth of maintenance and preservation work in Pearl Harbor Naval Shipyard and returns home to Pier Foxtrot-5 on Battleship Row. The Mighty Mo drycoking project began on Oct. 14, 2009. Photo credit: USS Missouri Memorial Association

Ship-shape following 12 weeks and $18m worth of maintenance and preservation work in Pearl Harbor Naval Shipyard’s largest drydock facility, the Battleship Mo. returned Jan. 7 to her home pier near the USS Arizona Memorial along Pearl Harbor’s Battleship Row. The Mighty Mo’s return once again brings full circle the story that begins with the day of infamy that saw the sinking of USS Arizona in Pearl Harbor and ends with Imperial Japan’s unconditional surrender


USS Iowa repainted with PSX ONE coating by PPG

Nearly 900 gallons of PSX(R) ONE coating by PPG Industries’ (NYSE:PPG) protective and marine coatings business – in standard naval Haze Gray, as well as black, red, white and blue – were applied to the exterior of the battleship USS Iowa. The coating was specified for the restoration project for its durability and ease of application. A crew of as many as 20 workers at a time painted the 887-foot-long battleship in about three months.

Historic battleship being restored, now interactive naval museum at Port of Los Angeles.   The exterior of the historic battleship USS Iowa has been repainted using PSX(R) ONE coating, a one-component acrylic-siloxane coating introduced last year by PPG Industries’ (NYSE:PPG) protective and marine coatings business (PMC). The ship, which was originally commissioned in 1943 and served in the Atlantic and Pacific fleets during World War II


On This Day in U.S. Navy Service - March 8th

From the Navy News Service:   1854 - Commodore Matthew Perry opens treaty negotiations with Japan. 1862 - Ironclad ram CSS Virginia destroys USS Cumberland and USS Congress. 1945 - Phyllis Daley, assigned to the Navy Nurse Corps, becomes the first African-American ensign. 1958 - Battleship USS Wisconsin (BB 64) is decommissioned, leaving the Navy without an active battleship for the first time since 1895.


HydroComp Software Propels Iowa Project

Cut: HydroComp Iowa Propeller Assembly

HydroComp Inc. announced that it is participating in the IOWA Project. Recreating a model of a fully functioning historical battleship requires time, passion, and dedication. Donn McKinney’s passion will soon produce a fully operational and functional replica of four Iowa Class battleships ships: The U.S.S. Missouri (BB-63), U.S.S. Iowa (BB-61), U.S.S. New Jersey (BB-62) and U.S.S. Wisconsin (BB-64). Several donors have teamed with McKinney on this project


This Day in Naval History - Nov. 21

From the Navy News Service 1918 - U.S. battleships witness surrender of German High Seas fleet at Rosyth, Firth of Forth, Scotland, to U.S. and British fleets.


This Day in Naval History - Oct. 14

From the Navy News Service 1918 - Naval aviators of Marine Day Squadron 9 make the first raid-in-force for the Northern Bombing Group in World War I, when they bombed a German railroad at Thielt Rivy, Belgium. 1920 - The obsolete battleship Indiana (BB 1) is sunk in Tangier Sound, in the Chesapeake Bay. 1962 - A U.S. reconnaissance plane photographs a Soviet nuclear missile site under construction at San Cristobal, 100 miles west of Havana


This Day in Naval History - Feb. 15

1856 - USS Supply, commanded by Lt. David Dixon Porter, sails from Smyrna, Syria, bound for Indianola, Texas, with a load of 21 camels intended for experimental use in the American desert west of the Rockies. 1898 - The battleship USS Maine "mysteriously" blows up in Havana Harbor in Cuba, killing more than 260 Sailors and Marines while injuring scores more. The tragedy sparks the Spanish-American War. For more information about naval history


This Day in U.S. Naval History – January 4

1910 - Commissioning of USS Michigan (BB-27), the first U.S. dreadnought battleship. 1863 - Blockading ship USS Quaker City captures sloop Mercury carrying despatches emphasizing desperate plight of the South. 1989 - Aircraft (VF-32) from USS John F. Kennedy shoot down 2 hostile Libyan Migs. (Source: Navy News Service)


This Day in Naval History – Feb. 22

1865 - RADM Porter's gunboats' bombardment cause surrender of Wilmington, NC . 1870 - After arriving on USS Nipsic, and supported by USS Guard and USS Nyack, the Darien Expedition, commanded by CDR Thomas O. Selfridge, Jr., begins active operations ashore at Caldonia Bay to survery the Isthmus of Darien, Panama, for an interoceanic ship canal. 1909 - Great White Fleet returns from round the world cruise to Hampton Roads, VA


Today in U.S. Naval History: April 7

USS Ohio (SSBN-726). U.S. Navy photo

Today in U.S. Naval History: April 7 1776 - Continental brig Lexington captures British Edward 1917 - Navy takes control of all wireless radio stations in the U.S. 1942 - Navy accepts African Americans for general service 1945 - Carrier aircraft defeat last Japanese Navy sortie (Battle


Today in U.S. Naval History: March 31

USS Missouri (BB-63). (Official U.S. Navy Photograph, U.S. National Archives collection)

Today in U.S. Naval History - March 31 1854 - Commodore Matthew Perry negotiates Treaty of Kanagawa to open trade between U.S. and Japan 1971 - Poseidon (C-3) missile becomes operational when USS James Madison began her third patrol carrying 16 tactical Poseidon missiles.


Today in U.S. Naval History: February 28

USS Indiana (U.S. Naval Historical Center Photograph.)

Today in U.S. Naval History - February 28 1844 - Explosion of Peacemaker, experimental 14 inch gun, on board USS Princeton. 1893 - Launching of USS Indiana (BB-1), first true battleship in U.S. Navy. 1959 - USS Strong rescues 13 Arab fishermen from Bahrain when their fishing boats


Navy to Christen Fourth Joint High Speed Vessel

Photo: Austal

The Navy will christen Joint High Speed Vessel (JHSV) Fall River on Jan. 11, during a 10 a.m. CST ceremony in Mobile, Ala. Secretary of the Navy Ray Mabus will deliver the ceremony's principal address. Diane Patrick, the first lady of Massachusetts, will serve as the ship's sponsor.


First Photo of China's Carrier Battle Group

Liaoning battle group: Photo courtesy of PLA(N)

The Chinese Navy has released the first photographs of what many military observers believe is the 'Liaoning' aircraft carrier battle group reports Xinhua. The photo (reproduced here) shows the Liaoning sailing in company with several battleships


Today in U.S. Naval History: December 18

USS Wasp (CVS-18. Official U.S. Navy Photograph, from the collections of the Naval Historical Center.

Today in U.S. Naval History - December 18 1902 - Admiral of the Navy George Dewey receives orders to send his battleship to Trinidad and then to Venezuela to make sure that Great Britain's and Germany's dispute with Venezuela was settled by peaceful arbitration not force.


Today in U.S. Naval history: November 18

USS Currituck (U.S. Navy Photo)

Today in U.S. Naval history - November 18 1890 - USS Maine, first American battleship, is launched. 1922 – Cdr. Kenneth Whiting in a PT seaplane, makes first catapult launching from aircraft carrier, USS Langley, at anchor in the York River.


Today in U.S. Naval History: October 25

Stephen Decatur, USN. 19th Century engraving by D. Edwin, after a Gilbert Stuart portrait. (U.S. Naval Historical Center Photograph.)

Today in U.S. Naval History - October 25 1812 - USS United States (Capt. Stephen Decatur) captures HMS Macedonian. 1924 - Airship, USS Shenandoah (ZR-1), completes round trip transcontinental cruise that began on October 7. 1944 - During Battle of Leyte Gulf in Battle of Surigao Straits, U


Today in U.S. Naval History: September 9

Today in U.S. Naval History - September 9 1825 - USS Brandywine sails for France to carry the Marquis de Lafayette home after his year long visit to America. 1841 - First iron ship authorized by Congress 1940 - Navy awards contracts for 210 ships


Today in U.S. Naval History: September 6

Grace Hopper (Official U.S. Navy Photograph, NHHC.)

Today in U.S. Naval History - September 6 1918 - Sailors fire first of the five railroad batteries at Tergnier, a German rail head in the Comeigne Forest. These 14"-50 caliber guns were originally designed for battleships. 1939 - Navy begins formation of Neutrality Patrol for Atlantic


Cortland’s Ensures Safety of Battleship Texas

Cortland Company’s 12x12 Plasma® rope in situ on battleship Texas.

Cortland, a global designer and manufacturer of engineered synthetic ropes, heavy lift slings, electro-optical-mechanical cables, and umbilicals has delivered a three-part Plasma 12x12 mooring line configuration for the Battleship Texas, the state historic site


Volunteer Surveyors Check Battleship 'Wisconsin'

Battleship Wisconsin: Photo credit Wiki CCL

Inspectors from the Navy's Board of Inspection & Survey (INSURV) conduct a survey aboard the floating museum ship. After a storied history beginning in World War II, the battleship received its last official INSURV inspection in 1992, before becoming a floating museum on the James River.


PPG PMC Business earns SSPC Military Award

Recognized for coatings performance on restoration of historic battleship. PPG Industries' (NYSE:PPG) protective and marine coatings (PMC) business received The Society of Protective Coatings (SSPC) 2013 Military Coatings Project Award of Excellence during the SSPC 2013 trade show at the Henry B


SD Extends Range of Naval Ship Models

Model Aircraft Carrier: Photo credit SD Model Makers

California-based SD Model Makers announce the expansion of their made-to-order, museum quality, naval warship model offerings. The company offers made-to-order, museum quality, replica models of any modern naval warship, including aircraft carriers, battleships, destroyers, patrol craft


New PPG coating helps revive historic warship

Iowa & crowley.jpg

PSX ONE coating restores ‘Battleship of Presidents,’ now an interactive naval museum.   The USS Iowa protected America for nearly 50 years. Now PSX® ONE coating, an advanced marine coating introduced last year by PPG Industries, is protecting the ship.  


 
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