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A visit to the Battleship IOWA

While serving in the US Navy I had the honor of having a temporary duty assignment (1985) onboard the USS Iowa (BB61) when it was home ported at Norfolk Naval Base, Norfolk Virginia. This ship was a "Grand Lady" of the seas, seeing more combat missions than any other battleship, the largest of all, and is one of four serving (decommissioned) battleships that remain today.

Built in New York Shipyard, lunched on June 27th, 1940 - Commissioned August 27, 1942, she served the United States through WW2, Vietnam, Libya, and The Persian Gulf. She now has a permanent port in San Pedro California.

I have been looking forward to visiting her, seeing the mighty nine 16 inch guns, walking the wood decks, and basking in all of her glory. I encourage you to join along, see the history this great ship played in securing the Nations liberties, and walk the deck of this beautiful work of American Industry.

Tickets are only $18, if purchased through the website. I'll work on finding out parking, maybe even a bar to have a few pints afterwards. More details to follow. - Rich

http://www.pacificbattleship.com/

http://www.groupon.com/deals/uss-iowa-2?pt=aUO3CUTAAAABnFRfpMbH9u2DEIHDwLNnU

Groupon Deal Link :)

 

PS To Quote Soviet Fleet Admiral Sergei I. Gorshkov,1985- Quote after watching the Iowa in a NATO exercise; "You Americans do not realize what formidable warships you have in these four battleships. We have concluded after careful analysis that these magnificent vessels are in fact the most to be feared in your entire naval arsenal. When engaged in combat we could throw everything we have at those ships and all our firepower would just bounce off or be of little effect. Then we are exhausted, we will detect you coming over the horizon and then you will sink us."

I was onboard her during that NATO Exercise! - Rich

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  • Courtney

    All pics are posted on Facebook now; mine and Jeff's. Thanks, Jeff for all the great photos! http://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.529412113770529.119640.341623922549350&type=1

    February 18, 2013

  • Courtney

    Rich is a great tour guide! What a fun and interesting excursion. :)

    2 · February 16, 2013

  • Courtney

    We're stuck in the traffic for the bridge, may be late.

    February 16, 2013

    • Connie

      Arrived, waiting in the shade near tix/entrance

      February 16, 2013

  • Courtney

    Oh, we = Rich and me. Hang out by the entrance if you beat us there.

    February 16, 2013

  • Stuart

    Hi, anyone out there still need a GroupOn partner?

    February 12, 2013

    • JOHN S.

      No I have not purchased it.

      February 14, 2013

    • Stuart

      I've got it, we're all good!

      February 16, 2013

  • Ken

    Probably won't make it.

    February 16, 2013

    • Jeff

      @Gwen. Deal. I'm good for the $9, even in the unlikely event that I can't go. Pick those puppies up. I've been dying to go and I've been a WWII history buff since I was a kid.

      January 9, 2013

    • Gwenny

      Silly question, but wanna make sure: do we hafta print out groupon proof or just display on mobile phone is ok? Advance thx for any/all replies & look fwd to enjoy this event w/u all soon! :-)

      February 15, 2013

  • Chrysta

    Confirmed I will have to work tomorrow morning, sorry guys. Enjoy!

    February 15, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    I had double booked myself and was really looking foward to seeing this ship. Hope the trip comes around again. Have a fun time..cheers!

    February 14, 2013

  • Preeti

    Does anyone want to share a Groupon with me?

    January 14, 2013

    • Stuart

      Hi, have you found a groupon partner yet?

      February 12, 2013

  • Preeti

    If anyone wants to share my Groupon please let me know. Chrysta isn't able to go because of work.

    February 7, 2013

    • Preeti

      Got a taker. Thanks.

      1 · February 8, 2013

  • Lori

    This will be great. I used to be in the Navy.

    1 · January 31, 2013

  • Paula

    In Vegas for a swim meet.

    January 12, 2013

  • Gwenny

    ...been wanting to check this out for awhile. Hopefully not OOT on biz this wknd. Thx Rich & all. Carpool near South Coast Plaza anyone? =}

    January 9, 2013

  • Ken

    sounds fun

    January 9, 2013

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