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250 viewshe type of view a kamikaze pilot could expect without the gun bursts.
Iowa (BB-61) shortly before commissioning. She is still without her Secondary Battery Director Fire Control radars (MK.4) and her SG surface search radar atop the main mast.
Also some of her Mk.2, quadruple 40mm mounts still have to be fitted. Note the antenna trunks on the Flag Bridge level in front of her aft stack.
Atop Spot 2 radar equipment Mk.8 with "Old Glory" above it.
On that same level, between the stack and spot 2, a left - and right hand and loading machine.
P/S of her stack two 36-Inch searchlights.
The covered objects in the tubs are Mk.51 directors & Director Mk.51 Mod.2 with Gun Sight Mk.14 Mod.2.
If you look at the 5" turrets, you will notice that the sight housings are two on the left side and one on t
203 viewsBeing prepared for launching, at the New York Navy Yard, NY, 27 August 1942. Note: heavy chains used to brake the ship after she had entered the water; and men lounging at lower right, near a Navy Department safety poster, listening to a Marine Corps band.
202 viewsCMDR J.P. Morse, Commanding Officer of the battleship Iowa (BB-61), signs the last entry in the ship's log book during the Iowa's decommissioning ceremony. Because of bad weather, the official party gathered on the Iowa's bridge and their remarks were broadcast throughout the ship. 26 October 1990
271 views"The ship was inactivated in San Francisco in September of 1948 and decommissioned in March of 1949. BOTH catapults were removed during deactivation prior to decommissioning and the mast was stepped at that time as well. The boot topping is an ragged condition suggesting the ship has not been dry docked yet as part of her inactivation which would take approximately 30 days. The Radar installation is an SC-2. The ship is flying a Commissioning Pennant making the photo pre March 1949.
Thus, the photo had to have been taken between October, 1948 and January 1949 - at San Francisco."
229 viewsCommissioning ceremonies on the ship's after deck, at the New York Navy Yard, NY, 22 February 1943. Note: Mark 38 main battery director with Mark 8 fire control radar on top, 16"/50 triple gun turret, freshly raised National Ensign, and incomplete condition of some features of the ship's after superstructure.
190 viewsFleet Admiral Chester W. Nimitz, USN, and Captain William R. Smedberg III, Commanding Officers, look on while Mrs. Smedberg (left) and Mrs. William S. Beardsley, wife of the Governor of Iowa, cut cake. The cake was made for the Iowa's (BB-61) re-commissioning ceremonies at San Francisco Naval Yard, California, 25 August 1951.
221 viewsNew Jersey (BB-62) gets double billing in this photo, dated 11 February 1954. In the center as first recommissioned in 1951, and also after her first post-war overhaul, with changed radars and fire control.
The Missouri (BB-63) (upper left), is pictured on 21 October 1950 bombarding Communist positions off Chong Jin, Korea.
Wisconsin (BB-64) (lower right) and Iowa (BB-61) (upper right).
The Iowa is pictured off Pearl Harbor in 1952 & shows the standard fleet painting adopted after WW2. Small war time hull numbers have been replaced with larger, easily seen block numerals. The catapults were removed after WW2, the area now a helicopter landing area. Some 40mm mounts are gone, but most remained on board until she was decommissioned on 24 February 1958. All 20mm gun mounts have been remove
Official donation of the battleship Iowa to the Pacific Battleship Center in Los Angeles210 viewsWASHINGTON, DC (April 30, 2012) Vice Adm. Mark Skinner, left, principal military deputy to the Assistant Secretary of the Navy for Research, Development and Acquisition, and Robert Kent, of the Pacific Battleship Center, sign the ship donation transfer contract during a ceremony of Capitol Hill. The event is the final step in officially transferring the decommissioned battleship USS Iowa (BB 61) from the Navy to the non-profit organization. The historic battleship will be permanently berthed and on public display at the Port of Los Angeles, in San Pedro, Calif.
204 viewsIn 2011, Iowa (as in Iowa Class Battleships) was donated to the Los Angeles-based non-profit Pacific Battleship Center after almost 50 years of service . Permanently docked at San Pedro, California, Berth 87, in 2012; she serves as a museum and Battleship Memorial..
Picture by Larry Draper
Iowa opening day July 7 2012220 views
202 viewsKeel laying ceremony for the Iowa (BB-61), as seen on 27 June 1940 at the New York Navy Yard. Shipyard Superintendents, foremen and chargemen who will lead the yard workers on the project look on as Rear Admiral C. H. Woodward, Chief of the Bureau of Construction and Repair Bu C & R) drives the first rivet.
Iowa (BB-61) moves toward retirement on 23 October 1957.203 views
Cover of Iowa's (BB-61) Third Commissioning Program, 28 April 1984.196 views
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