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The USS New Jersey BB16 Battleship information, images and 3D model Originally designed and produced by Kirk Longendyke.
USS New Jersey (BB-16) was a Virginia-class battleship of the United States Navy. The BB16 was the first ship to carry her name. The USS New Jersey was launched on 10 November 1904 by Fore River Shipbuilding Company, Quincy, Massachusetts; sponsored by Mrs. William B. Kenney, daughter of Governor Franklin Murphy of New Jersey; and commissioned on 12 May 1906, Captain William W. Kimball in command.
The Great White Fleet was a nickname for the United States Navy battle fleet that completed a circumnavigation of the globe from 16 December 1907 to 22 February 1909. An order given by U.S. President Theodore Roosevelt.
The great white fleet was comprised of 16 battleships divided into two squadrons, along with escorts. Roosevelt wanted to demonstrate growing American military power and navy capability. Hoping to enforce treaties and protect overseas holdings, the U.S. Congress appropriated funds to build American sea power. Beginning with just 90 small ships, over one-third of them wooden, the navy quickly grew to include new modern steel fighting vessels. The hulls of these ships were painted a peace time stark white, giving the armada the nickname "Great White Fleet".