Friday Firepower: USS Iowa in high-res (44 HQ Photos)


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  • etcrr

    I saw on the news one day this week that the Iowa will be a museum in L.A. Finally a home for one of the most powerful and greats ships of all time Congrats to the U.S.S."Big Stick" Iowa

    • Rick

      yep, I forgot to put the text in the post, my bad

      • etcrr

        I thought that's why you were doing the post. But thought it odd you didn't make mention of it, but hey if we were perfect we would not be here

    • Jack

      They just pulled her into port in LA on Saturday. She looks beautiful, and I can't wait to come aboard when she opens in July.

  • whyme1973

    #44 What an awesome display of firepower.

  • DEZZA!

    When you talk about 'fire power' a salvo of 9 x16" shells landing in the same place at the same time must come close to being the definition! fantastic photos all of them

    • etcrr

      I remember in the late 60's that it was said They could place a Shell weighing as much as a VW Beetle 27 miles to within 10 yards of the target and it would put a whole in the ground 100ft in dia, 30 ft deep

  • Kodos

    Glad she finally found a good home. "Big Stick" and the Navy got a real black eye after the Turret #2 explosion. This is a good first step in restoring some honor to this fine dreadnought's good name.

    Fear God and Dreadnought!

  • Jeff

    Awesome post… The USS Iowa will be docked in my home town of San Pedro in about a month or so. She's sitting off the coast right now being cleaned and readied to be brought in the Port of L.A.

    • Rick

      yep, as I said in comment above, I forgot to insert the text

  • Per Mare Per Terram

    Great pics, I never grow tired of seeing this old battlewagon. I remember her coming into Portsmouth, UK in 1988. It towered over all our ships! The crew were brilliant and we had a great night showing them all the pubs of old Portsmouth!

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  • Maynard B.

    #44- I've heard that the crew needs to clear the decks when they fire these babies because the shock wave will liquify your insides. GO IOWA!!

  • Thomas D.

    I don't care who you are, when you think of Naval warfare, odds are you're picturing a Nimitz Class Aircraft Carrier or an Iowa Class Battleship. IMO, the Iowa Class is the greatest ship to ever sail the seas.

  • Notmyname

    I am a carrier fanatic, but to see an Iowa fire a 16" gun ( #44) sends chills down my spine. I sure hope that BB-61 enjoys her retirement and that I may have just one chance to stroll her wood decks some day!

  • Travis

    I was fortunate enough to be able to go on board the USS Missouri when she docked in Astoria, OR on her way to drydock in Bremerton, WA. She was being readied for towing to Pearl Harbor to become a Naval Museum. Walking the wooden decks, standing under the massive 16" guns, and reading the plaque where MacArthur and Nimitz had accepted the Japanese surrender was an honor I will never forget.

  • Leroy Jenkins

    I wonder how much she leaned if you fired all the guns at the same time? What an absolutely impressive battle ship. We make this shit in 'merica!

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    I thought that's why you were doing the post. But thought it odd you didn't make mention of it, but hey if we were perfect we would not be here

  • O'SURE

    The reason the treaty was signed on the USS Missouri was because that was Truman's home state.

    Also I had read somewhere that when one of those battle ships fired a full salvo, 16's and the 5's the ship slid sideways more than 3 feet.

  • MCPO117

    #41

    We should put her back in service to kill ragheads instead of Commies now. They would shat their pants in terror

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  • Average_Joe123

    #1 Would a direct hit to the chest of an unarmored person be survivable?

  • Phil

    This was my grandmothers' ship back in the day.
    I remember the sad news the day the guns blew.

  • OK Chiver

    I was fortunate enough to board her once and to also call for fire the 16" guns, awesome sight, shook the entire island we were on and that was only 3 rounds FFE.

  • gram

    Nice pics but completely useless boat, naval warfare changed in the battle of the coral sea, thereafter these dreadnoughts became museum pieces. The biggest one of them sunk by two submarines and a couple of propeller planes without a single loss on the attacking side. Pathetic display of useless power, so in all its active live all it did is to sink a light cruiser and it needed help.

  • cavinbaa

    #8 — Obviously a male parked it

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