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    The Battleship USS Iowa, first launched in 1943, began it's trip from the US Navy's mothballed fleet to it's eventual spot in the port of LA as a museum ship. I've always been fascinated by the Battleships and have read everything I could get my hands on over the years. The Iowa was the flagship of it's class and had 3 sister ships; the Missouri, Wisconsin and New Jersey. 887 feet long and just barely able to fit thru the locks of the Panama canal, they had 9 16-inch guns and 10 5-inch guns. The inches referring to the interior diameter of the barrels. They were the largest guns ever placed on a battleship except for 2 Japanese battleships that had 18.1 inch guns. Both of these were sunk by US Navy planes during WW II. All 4 of the Iowas were launched during WW II and served thru the Korean war. The New Jersey saw action during the Vietnam war and all were brought out of mothballs and refitted with new technology including missile capabilities during the Reagan years in the 80's. The Iowa is referred as the "last" Battleship because her sisters are all off the Navy rolls and are serving as museum ships with The Missouri docked in Pearl Harbor next to the Arizona Memorial. The Iowas were in fact the last battleships to serve in the World. With the Iowa officially taken out of the mothballed/reserve fleet, it is truly the end of an era. I look forward to visiting the ship once it is set up in LA. Anyway job well done Iowa and thanks to all those who served her!

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    I've been aboard the Wisconsin, which is moored in downtown Norfolk VA as part of a museum - Nauticus. The ship is huge! They say the projectiles weighed as much as a Volkswagen Beetle (the original ones)...

    These ships were used to shell Iraqi forces from the Persian Gulf during Operation Desert Storm.

    On another note, in 1989 there was an gunpowder explosion inside one of the gun turrets on board the Iowa. Killed a lot of men. The Navy tried to blame a sailor for intentionally triggering an explosion but a followup inquiry showed that the explosion was an accident. A terrible tragedy but one that is part of the history of the Battleship Iowa.
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    As a Marine stationed on the aircraft carrier USS Ranger in the mid-late 80s, I witnessed an Iowa Class (New Jersey, I think) firing full broadsides. The battlewagon was directly in front of our ship and we were all on the flight deck in awe of the power.

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    Quote Originally Posted by naturallywired View Post
    As a Marine stationed on the aircraft carrier USS Ranger in the mid-late 80s, I witnessed an Iowa Class (New Jersey, I think) firing full broadsides. The battlewagon was directly in front of our ship and we were all on the flight deck in awe of the power.
    I can only imagine how loud and powerful that must have been!

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    I've been on the New Jersey, and these ships are massive, although they were not built for men over 6'2". I am 6'5", and had to constantly tilt my head in order to prevent smacking bulkheads.

    Truely the end of an era, but the big guns have been replaced by missles.
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    Always fascinated by the big boats. My brother took me for a brief tour of the aircraft carrier he was stationed on. Just amazing.

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    Truly the end of an era. Most people don't realize it, but there were actually two more Iowa class battleships planned, and even partially completed, the Illinois and Kentucky. Kentucky was nearly 3/4 complete when work was halted.

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    My Dad was on destroyers during WWII and he said those battleships would actually move sideways in the water when they fired those big guns.
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    Quote Originally Posted by VanHalenRules View Post
    Truly the end of an era. Most people don't realize it, but there were actually two more Iowa class battleships planned, and even partially completed, the Illinois and Kentucky. Kentucky was nearly 3/4 complete when work was halted.
    Actually those were to be of the Montana class. They were to be even bigger than the Iowas, having 12 16-inch guns in 4 turrents and too wide to pass thru the Panama canal. Budgets and the realization that it was a new era doomed the Montanas. I believe the machinery and maybe even part of the hull of the Kentucky was used on a stores/oiler/ammo ship that was launched at the end of WWII.
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    I believe the machinery and maybe even part of the hull of the Kentucky was used on a stores/oiler/ammo ship that was launched at the end of WWII.
    Guess it was in the 50's.
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    The bow from Kentucky was used as a replacement for the one on the Wisconson, which suffered damage in a collision. While she was in the mothball fleet, she surved as somewhat of a parts bin for the 4 ships that were completed and her turbines were removed and used to power 2 smaller warships that were built in the late 50's or early 60's. Her hull was scrapped in the late 50's.

    Illinois and Kentucky were both initially intended to be Montana class, but the order was later changed to Iowa class.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Elwood P. View Post
    Actually those were to be of the Montana class. They were to be even bigger than the Iowas, having 12 16-inch guns in 4 turrents and too wide to pass thru the Panama canal. Budgets and the realization that it was a new era doomed the Montanas. I believe the machinery and maybe even part of the hull of the Kentucky was used on a stores/oiler/ammo ship that was launched at the end of WWII.
    No, that is not correct. The Illinois and Kentucky were Iowa class ships. The Montana class was planned, but no ships ever started construction.
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    Oh, OK. Well never too old to learn something.
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