Camden in Camden County, New Jersey — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)
Harpoon Anti-Ship Missile
Due to the terrific shock effects which occurred when after the 16" guns were fired, New Jersey carried its Harpoon missiles as far away from the large guns as possible. The Battleship's four launchers are arrayed two to each side of the second stack, each with four canisters, for a total of sixteen Harpoon missiles.
Designed to engage and sink enemy warships in an open-ocean environment, initial targeting data is supplied from other ships or aircraft in the area. Data can also come directly from
Once target identification and location has been determined, the data is entered in New Jersey's Combat Engagement Center (CEC), and a search and attack plan is sent directly to the missiles to be launched. Once fired. Harpoon exits its canister using a disposable solid-fuel rocket booster to propel it rapidly to cruise speed. The missile’s motor then engages and maintains a cruising speed of 663mph.
A "fire and forget” weapon, New Jersey did not have to provide missile mid-course guidance. After firing, Harpoon independently searches out its target, turning on its nose mounted active radar in a grid search. Once the target is located, Harpoon approaches in a pre-programmed terminal attack flight. The missile hits the target either through a steep "pop-up" terminal climb and diving attack, or a sea-skimming direct approach.
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- Cruising off Hawaii, New Jersey launches one of her sixteen RGM-84A “Harpoon” anti-ship missiles in March, 1984. Harpoon has a range of up to 85 miles.
- RGM-84 Harpoon Anti-Ship Missile
Warhead 215lb. High-explosive warhead
Range Up to 85 nautical miles (98 statute miles)
Guidance Active radar or Infra-Red Homing
Speed .87 Mach (663 mph at
Wing Span 3'
Length 17' 2"
Weight 1832lbs. (including the 362lbs Booster rocket)
Engine Launch: Solid Propellant Booster
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Air & Space • Waterways & Vessels. A significant historical month for this entry is March 1984.
Location. 39° 56.35′ N, 75° 7.967′ W. Marker is in Camden, New Jersey, in Camden County. Marker can be reached from Clinton Street near S. Delaware Avenue, on the right. Located on the Battleship New Jersey. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 100 Clinton Street, Camden NJ 08103, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. USS New Jersey Marine Detachments (a few steps from this marker); USS New Jersey Aircraft (within shouting distance of this marker); Side View Turret #1 (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); Battleship New Jersey (about 300 feet away); M2 Browning (about 400 feet away); Eyewitness to History (about 600 feet away); American Merchant Marine Memorial (approx. ¼ mile away); Walt Whitman (approx. 0.3 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Camden.
Also see . . .
1. Battleship New Jersey Museum and Memorial. (Submitted on May 13, 2019, by Michael Herrick of Southbury, Connecticut.)
2. USS New Jersey (BB-62) on Wikipedia. (Submitted on May 13, 2019, by Michael Herrick of Southbury, Connecticut.)
3. Harpoon (missile) on Wikipedia. (Submitted on May 13, 2019, by Michael Herrick of Southbury, Connecticut.)
Credits. This page was last revised on May 13, 2019. It was originally submitted on May 13, 2019, by Michael Herrick of Southbury, Connecticut. This page has been viewed 165 times since then and 37 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3. submitted on May 13, 2019, by Michael Herrick of Southbury, Connecticut.