Battleship USS Iowa Museum
Battleship USS Iowa is an iconic warship and a symbol of American military might and freedom. It was launched on August 27, 1942 and was the first of a new fleet of "fast" battleships. It served from WWII until 2011 with periods of deactivation. It is now a museum.
Backstory and Context
The USS Iowa served a distinguished career in the American military from WWII until 1958. It participated in the bombardment of Japan in preparation for a possible U.S. invasion (the atomic bombing of Nagasaki and Hiroshima soon ended the war) and remained active during the post-Korean War period. It was sent to the Atlantic reserve fleet where it remained until it was reactivated in 1982 to strengthen the U.S. Navy against the Soviet Union. Once the Soviet Union collapsed in 1989, the American government started to make cuts to the military and the Iowa was sent to the reserve fleet once again until 2011, when it finally became a museum.
"Our Story ." Pacific Battleship Center. Accessed May 27, 2015. https://pacificbattleship.com/our-story.