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Tour of the USS Iowa followed by dinner at Neil's Pasta & Seafood Grill

Overview:  From 2:00 pm to 4:30 pm we will tour the USS Iowa,  an interactive and educational museum, at her berth in San Pedro and at 5 pm we will have dinner at Neil's Pasta & Seafood Grill (.5 miles from the USS Iowa).

Please answer the question as to if you will be joining us for dinner so that I have accurate numbers for the reservation.

The USS Iowa:

Built in 1940, the USS IOWA served our country for over 50 years. Designated the "World's Greatest Naval Ship" due to her big guns, heavy armor, fast speed, longevity and modernization, she kept pace with technology for more than 50 years.

Now in her new home, USS IOWA is an interactive and educational museum.

The USS IOWA is open 7 days per week, 9:00am to 5:00pm - closed on Thanksgiving and Christmas.

At 58,000 tons, 887 feet in length (almost three football fields) and a keel to mast height of 209 feet (twenty stories), the Iowa is the largest of the U.S. battleships.

The tour:


Visitors will board the ship on the starboard forward gangways and proceed into the wardroom to see where Officers would eat and enjoy their off time. From the wardroom the visitors will exit the port side and proceed forward to the front of turrets one and two for the best gunnery view on the entire ship.

After visiting this location they will proceed aft and go up a stairway to the famous FDR & Captains cabin to see where world dignitaries were entertained and the only bathtub at sea. Once departing the FDR cabin, visitors will proceed up one level and see a five inch gun mount and proceed aft to continue through the superstructure. Heading forward on the next level, visitors will see the signal flag locations and walk by the flag bridge and then continue up one level to the armored bridge.




Armored with 18" of steel, the USS IOWA bridge is the most secure location for a Captain to be stationed during battle. See the location that the ship was steered from, look out the famous bridge windows onto the forward 2 turrets, and listen to stories from the bridge. Continue up one level from the bridge onto the exterior flying bridge and overlook the forward bow section.

From this location you head aft passing by the Phalanx CWIS (Close In Weapons System) mounts and the SRBOC (Super Rapid Blooming Offship Chaff) mortars that were added as defense against modern cruise missiles. Continuing aft on the upper deck you will walk along the ship's missile decks, passing the ABLs (Armored Box Launchers) for the Tomahawk cruise missiles and the Harpoon cruise missile canisters.

The tour then heads down to the aft Main Deck, passing the after main battery guns and entering a hatch to tour the crews' Galley and Mess deck area below on the 2nd Deck.. There could have been as many as 8,000 meals prepared each day for large crews during World War 2. Proceeding further aft visitors will be entertained with several short movies reflecting Iowa's history, the recent refurbishment efforts, and the tows from Northern California to Los Angeles.

Exit the theater and study the 70 year history of USS Iowa and her crew's accomplishments, as they are showcased in Iowa's museum. Moving further aft is the ship's gift shop and the exit up to tour the large helicopter landing deck on the stern of the Main Deck.

This area is another excellent spot to view and photograph the ships aft main gun battery, missile decks, and secondary gun mounts. The tour of Iowa concludes by walking forward on the starboard side to the aft exit gangway.


The USS IOWA is not currently ADA accessible.

There are many obstacles on the ship such as uneven decking, high door frames and many sets of stairs that are safety hazards. For that reason, no wheelchairs are allowed aboard the ship and those using canes and walkers should use extra caution


Prices for this adventure are:

Adults (18-61):  $18.00

Adults (62+) & Active/Ret/Reserve Military (w/ID):  $15.00

Youth (6-17):  $10.00

Purchase tickets at: 

or at the box office at the ship.


Parking in the adjacent lot is accessible from Harbor Boulevard @ $1.00 per hour.

The Restaurant:


Neil’s Pasta and Seafood Grill offers Neopolitan and Southern Italian Cuisine.

See the menu at

Read the Yelp reviews at:


Street parking (please check the signs).












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  • A former member
    A former member

    It was wonderful

    October 7, 2012

  • John B.

    Interesting tour of the Iowa followed by a good dinner - all shared with good people exchanging interesting convesagions. Thanks to all for attending.

    October 7, 2012

  • A former member
    A former member

    John, I suffered an injury tonight, and won't be able to make the USS Iowa Tour. So I've taken myself off the list.

    October 6, 2012

  • Jodie

    Anyone interested in carpooling? I live near Aliso Viejo / Laguna Hills.

    October 5, 2012

  • A former member
    A former member

    Can't make it. Sorry.

    October 5, 2012

  • A former member
    A former member

    John, about how long is the Iowa tour? I've been invited to a family dinner, which I would like to make, given enough time. Thanks.

    October 3, 2012

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