Hundreds greet Battleship New Jersey on its return to Camden Waterfront

She is back home.

After three months of restoration and refurbishment, the Battleship New Jersey returned to the Camden Waterfront last Thursday to reclaim its place as one of New Jersey’s most popular tourist attractions.

The most decorated battleship in U.S. military history was pulled up the Delaware River by tugboats, first from the Philadelphia Navy Yard, where most of the restoration work was done, and then from the Paulsboro Marine Terminal, where the ship stopped for a few days of ballast work last week.

The battleship no longer has engine or steering capability.

Tour the ship

The Battleship New Jersey is scheduled to reopen for tours Wednesday. For tickets and more information, click here.

Hundreds of spectators lined the pier at 100 Clinton St. to greet the returning ship on Thursday and enjoyed a celebration that included complementary food, drink, games and music.

Among the celebrants on the pier were Camden Mayor Vic Carstarphen and numerous Philadelphia sports mascots.

Special guests rode aboard the Battleship New Jersey during its return trip, including Navy Capt. Steven Halle, who will command the attack submarine New Jersey, which will be officially commissioned Sept. 14 at Naval Weapons Station Earle in Colts Neck.

The Battleship New Jersey Museum and Memorial is scheduled to reopen to the public Wednesday.