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New Jersey Naval Museum
The USS Ling in Hackensack in 1975
New Jersey Naval Museum is located in New Jersey
Location in New Jersey
Established 1972-1973[1]
Location Hackensack, New Jersey
Coordinates 40°52′48″N 74°02′24″W / 40.880127°N 74.039934°W / 40.880127; -74.039934
Type Naval
Public transit access Hackensack-Essex Street (NJT station)

The New Jersey Naval Museum (NJNM), located along the Hackensack River in Hackensack, New Jersey, is dedicated to New Jersey's Navy heritage and naval history in general. The prominent element in the collection is the USS Ling (SS-297), a 312-foot (95 m) long Balao-class submarine of World War II.[2] The museum is located along River Street and is operated by the Submarine Memorial Association.

Guided tours of the Ling are available to take visitors from bow to stern, exploring equipment, quarters, and weaponry. The weaponry on the Ling includes twenty-four torpedoes and one 4" deck gun (it originally had two 5" deck guns) for handling military targets too small to warrant the expenditure of a torpedo.

Along with Ling, volunteers maintain Japanese Kaiten IIs, a WWII Japanese suicide torpedo; a German Seehund, a WWII German two-man coastal defense submarine; and A Vietnam War-era Patrol Boat, River (PBR). The onshore museum building contains a number of different and unique items ranging from a United States Navy SEALs delivery vehicle to personal photographs and effects.

Since 1972, the Museum had paid one dollar per year to rent its riverside site. In January 2007, the North Jersey Media Group, owner of the site, informed the museum that the site was going to be sold for redevelopment within the year and that the museum and submarine would need to be relocated. Efforts are being made to find an alternate site.[3]


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Coordinates: 40°52′48″N 74°02′24″W / 40.880127°N 74.039934°W / 40.880127; -74.039934

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