Battleship USS Iowa arrives in Southern California
The USS Iowa is at anchor off the Port of Los Angeles on Wednesday.
May 30th, 2012
01:39 PM ET

Battleship USS Iowa arrives in Southern California

The battleship USS Iowa was at anchor off the coast of Los Angeles on Wednesday morning, completing a four-day journey south from San Francisco.

The World War II-era ship will become a museum and tourist attraction in San Pedro, with a grand opening planned for July 7.

The Iowa had spent more than a decade docked in the Port of Richmond near San Francisco before being towed down the California coast.

It will be operated as a museum by the nonprofit Pacific Battleship Center.

The group's Facebook page said Wednesday that the ship will undergo a complete cleaning of its hull while anchored off Los Angeles and then be towed to a temporary berth in port Saturday.

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  1. Gantry29

    Hopefully to fire on it – LA is one ugly mess of a city!

    May 30, 2012 at 10:43 pm | Report abuse |
    • Slipper Sam

      Downtown L.A would be out of range.

      The main armament of the Iowa-class battleships is The United States Naval Gun Mark 7
      The 16"/50 caliber Mark 7's Maximum range 23.64 mi (38 km)

      The Port of Los Angeles is approximately 35 miles east of downtown Los Angeles

      June 1, 2012 at 12:15 am | Report abuse |
  2. History of Nations

    Many are those whom view and claim to have learned from history. How many of these claim to have learned from the history of nations, though. zero.
    A simple and glossarry overlook of the history of nations reveals theat the USA is on the same course as nations before, plus AIDS, obesity epidemic, federal reserve/banker scams, world wars, sophisticated drugs (even prescription now), 10,000 different religions at odds, racism, welfare, sucking Africa dry, War on Drugs, Cold War, War-on-Terror, 50 million legal abortions, 80 headless corpses along southern border, etc, etc, bloods and crips, etc etc, MS13, American's calling themselves "hells Angels" and getting away with it, etc ,etc. Blackwater and Associates. Earthquakes no other governments ever faced/crazy weather.
    Other than that, eat drink and be merry.

    May 31, 2012 at 12:30 am | Report abuse |
    • BurstBubble

      What are you a troll? This story is about the USS Iowa becoming a museum. Talk about that. What is this gibberish you are speaking of?

      May 31, 2012 at 4:32 am | Report abuse |
  3. History of Nations

    No government in the history of man faced 40,000 citizens dying of AIDS each year.
    Now, you think about this. (other than the contemporary thinking that this means 'that many less mouths to feed')

    May 31, 2012 at 12:36 am | Report abuse |
  4. ronvan

    BurstBubble: You are so right. Get tired of all of this drivvel when people cannot stay on the subject. Maybe it is because they cannot read! At any rate. The Battleship was/is a magnificent ship with its own history and I am so happy that they are going to make a museum out of her instead of scrap! Just looking at the photo is impressive!

    May 31, 2012 at 8:46 am | Report abuse |
  5. saywhat

    A beautiful sight indeed and makes one proud.
    Although i'll agree that great nations would do well to learn to learn from the lessons of history.

    May 31, 2012 at 10:34 am | Report abuse |
  6. Dave D

    I was fortunate to be able to server in the USMC onboard the USS New Jersey BB-62 back in the mid 80's. The Iowa Class battleships are an amazing piece of work. While I'm saddened that they have been decommissioned, I think it's great that they are making them into museums so that others can go onboard and take in the history

    May 31, 2012 at 6:03 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Dale McKinnon

    I served on the Iowa during the Korean War. I'm sorry for the person that hates the USA and her history. Perhaps that person would rather move to Cuba! As for me, I take great pride in serving on the Iowa and the USA.

    June 4, 2012 at 2:01 pm | Report abuse |