The War: Back on the Line

Each of its three turrets weighs as much as a destroyer. One salvo from its nine 16-in. guns carries nearly half the destructive power of a B-52 bomb load. Last week the world's only active battleship, the 59,300-ton U.S.S. New Jersey, with Captain Joseph Edward Snyder Jr. in command, joined a Seventh Fleet Task Force off the South Vietnamese coast. In its first action —which incidentally earned her crew combat pay for all of September — the New Jersey silenced four anti-aircraft positions just above the DMZ and twelve miles inland. It...

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