=== Po wojnie wietnamskiej (1969–1982) ===
Her first Vietnam combat tour completed, ''New Jersey'' departed Subic Bay 3 April 1969 for Japan. She arrived at Yokosuka for a two-day visit, sailing for the United States 9 April. Her homecoming, however, was to be delayed. On the 15th, while ''New Jersey'' was still at sea, North Korean jet fighters [[EC-121 shootdown incident|shot down]] an unarmed [[EC-121 Constellation]] electronic surveillance plane over the [[Sea of Japan]], killing its entire crew. A carrier task force was formed and sent to the Sea of Japan, while ''New Jersey'' was ordered to come about and steam toward Japan. On the 22nd she arrived once more at Yokosuka, and immediately put to sea in readiness for what might befall<ref name="DANFS"/>.
As the crisis eased, ''New Jersey'' was released to continue her interrupted voyage. She anchored at Long Beach 5 May 1969, her first visit to her home port in eight months. Through the summer months, ''New Jersey'''s crew toiled to make her ready for another deployment, and deficiencies discovered on the gun line were remedied. According to official reports, though, reasons of economy were to dictate otherwise: on 22 August 1969 the [[United States Secretary of Defense]] released a list of names of ships to be inactivated; at the top of the list was ''New Jersey''<ref>Persistent rumors have suggested that the real reason that ''New Jersey'' was decommissioned had to do with the [[Paris Peace Talks]], some source suggest that the Vietnamese would not meet with U.S. representatives unless ''New Jersey'' was removed from the gunline, other sources suggest that the Vietnamese offered to meet with representatives of the United States if ''New Jersey'' was returned to the states. No compelling evidence exists to support or refute these claims.</ref>. Five days later, Captain Snyder was relieved of command by Captain [[Robert C. Peniston]]<ref name="DANFS"/>.
Assuming command of a ship already earmarked for the "[[mothball fleet]]", Captain Peniston and his crew prepared for their task. ''New Jersey'' got underway on the voyage 6 September, departing Long Beach for Puget Sound Naval Shipyard. She arrived on the 8th, and began preinactivation overhaul to ready herself for decommissioning. On 17 December 1969 ''New Jersey'''s colors were hauled down and she entered the inactive fleet, still echoing the words of her last commanding officer: "Rest well, yet sleep lightly; and hear the call, if again sounded, to provide fire power for freedom."<ref name="DANFS"/>
== Reactivation (1982) ==