Gearbox GBX9002 US Navy Iowa Class Battleship - USS New Jersey (BB-62), Gulf War, 1991 (1:700 Scale)
"Damn the torpedoes. Full speed ahead!"
- Admiral Farragut sailing aboard his flagship Hartford while entering Mobile Bay, Alabama, August 23, 1864
The Iowa-class battleships were four battleships constructed by the United States Navy in the 1940s for use as escorts for the Fast Carrier Task Forces operating in the Pacific Theatre of World War II. They comprised the final class of U.S. battleships and included USS Iowa (BB-61), USS New Jersey (BB-62), USS Missouri (BB-63), and USS Wisconsin (BB-64). They were completed in the early to mid-1940s; two more were laid down but were canceled prior to completion and ultimately scrapped.
Built with cost as no object, the Iowa class was arguably the ultimate in the evolution of the capital ship. The Iowa class was ranked first in the Discovery Channel's list of 10 ships that shaped naval warfare. Yet even as these behemoths entered service, they were being eclipsed by aircraft carriers as the most important naval vessels.
Pictured here is a 1:700 scale diecast replica of the US battleship New Jersey. Comes on a special display plinth.
Length: 12 inches
Width: 2 inches
Release Date: May 2004
Historical Account: "Jersey Girl" - The New Jersey was directly engaged in the conquest of Okinawa from March 14th until April 16th, 1945. As the carriers prepared for the invasion with strikes there and on Honshu, the New Jersey fought off air raids, used her seaplanes to rescue downed pilots, defended the carriers from suicide planes, shooting down at least three and assisting in the destruction of others. On March 24th, she again carried out the vital battleship role of heavy bombardment, preparing the invasion beaches for the assault a week later.
During the final months of the war, the New Jersey was overhauled at Puget Sound Naval Shipyard, from which she sailed on July 4th for San Pedro, Pearl Harbor, and Eniwetok bound for Guam. Here on August 14th, she once again became the flagship of the Fifth Fleet under Admiral Spruance. Brief stays at Manila and Okinawa preceded her arrival in Tokyo Bay on September 17th, where she served as flagship for the successive commanders of Naval Forces in Japanese waters until relieved on January 28th, 1946, by the battleship Iowa (BB-61). New Jersey took aboard nearly a thousand homeward bound troops with whom she arrived at San Francisco on February 10th (information courtesy of the Battleship New Jersey Organization).