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
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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