USS Iowa (BB61)

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American battleship histories. American naval battleship USS Iowa. Battleship website dedicated to the history of USS Iowa from their launch to their participation in major wars also notice board for naval historians & families of ex-crew of USS Iowa.

USS Iowa (BB61) was built at new York navy yard and laid down on the 27th June 1940, launched 27th august 1942 and commissioned into the US Navy on the 22nd February 1943. used primarily in escorting carriers. and spending most of its war time service in the Pacific except fro carrying president Roosevelt to Casablanca for the Teheran Conference.  Placed in reserve  in march 1949 but brought back into service for the Korean war. decommissioned in August 1957. During the President Reagan years along with her sister ships USS Iowa was  modernised under the 1980's defence buildup programme and re commissioned. April 1984  she participated in operations in the Caribbean and North Atlantic. and in 1985 USS Iowa went into European waters several times during 1985 to 1988 when she continued into the Indian ocean and Arabian sea. On 19th april1989 an explosion ripped through the number two main turret killing 47 crew members, the cause of this explosion was unknown.  This turret was not repaired  when she was finally de commissioned in Norfolk Virginia on the 26th October 1990. and  stricken again on the 13th January 1995. 

BB61 USS Iowa, 7th April 1943

Order Code BB61

One copy only of original 1940's printed photo plate, 10" x 8" available, price ?15.  Please note image shown has been cropped for website purpose and more sky and sea and text is shown on the photo plate.   Please add post of  ?3 post for UK ?10 overseas, recorded airmail order photograph here

BB61 USS Iowa, 7th April 1943

Order Code BB61B

One copy only of original 1940's printed photo plate, 10" x 8" available, price ?15.  Please note image shown has been cropped for website purpose and more sky and sea and text is shown on the photo plate.   Please add post of  ?3 post for UK ?10 overseas, recorded airmail order photograph here

BB61 USS Iowa, 7th April 1943

Order Code BB61C

One copy only of original 1940's printed photo plate, 10" x 8" available, price ?15.  Please note image shown has been cropped for website purpose and more sky and sea and text is shown on the photo plate.   Please add post of  ?3 post for UK ?10 overseas, recorded airmail order photograph here

BB61 USS Iowa, 7th April 1943, New York Navy Yard

Order Code BB61D

One copy only of original 1940's printed photo plate, 10" x 8" available, price ?15.  Please note image shown has been cropped for website purpose and more sky and sea and text is shown on the photo plate.   Please add post of  ?3 post for UK ?10 overseas, recorded airmail order photograph here

USS Iowa. Sent in by John Hodgett.

BB61 USS Iowa.

Photographed by Patrick D'Agostino. Copyright Cranston Fine Arts.  A reproduction of this original photo  size 10" x 7" approx available.  Order photograph here  . Order Code  PD485