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Last of the American Battlewagons
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USS Iowa (BB-61) being prepared for her launching from the New York Shipyards, Brooklyn, August 27, 1942.
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Representing the first of the last line of American battleships ever built, and one of the last of the final battleship class globally to ever see action (but not the last to be commissioned), USS Iowa was ordered (along with USS New Jersey) on July 1, 1939; two months before the outbreak of WW2, and over two years before hostilities erupted with the Empire of Japan. A time when the battleship was, too many, still very much relevant, and a key instrument in terms of sea power.
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At the time of the launching of USS Iowa, the Imperial Japanese Navy and the U.S. Navy and other Allied warships were fighting hard for supremacy at sea in the Solomons around the little known Island of Guadalcanal. Engagements that occurred mainly at night were often classic gun battles between duelling armoured warships reflecting a type of sea warfare that had prevailed for centuries. In fact one of the last battleship vs. battleship engagements in history occurred during the Second Naval Battle of Guadalcanal on the night of November 14/15, 1942, when USS South Dakota (BB-57) and USS Washington (BB-56) clashed at relatively close range with the Imperial Japanese Kongō-class battleship Kirishima.
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By the mid-Spring of 1944, USS Iowa (BB-61) and all three of her IOWA-class sister ships built were in service, however none of them would ever get the chance to test the capability of their 16" guns, armour, and speed against another battleship; the very thing they were designed to tackle.
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The @battleshipiowa is looking shipshape! ⚓️ #MyDayInSP 📷: @pedrokid1

Taken several years ago, installing new bellows on the 16 inch guns of turret number 3, when I crewed on the USS IOWA. Taken in Richmond, California, before she was taken to San Pedro, Ca to become a museum.
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The calm before the storm... 🌩
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Another angle of the #USSIowa firing full broadside

Sinking Battleships with Papa Cheese. Thanks for the tip @ronallchin and @charlesmcd @battleshipiowa #ussiowa #battleship #yousunkmybattleship

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@Regrann from @battleshipiowa - Celebrating the American Spirit: Battleship IOWA Salutes John Henry Turpin. ⠀
Enlisted in the Navy at New York City on 4 November 1896, Turpin was a member of USS Maine's crew when she was destroyed by an explosion in February 1898. He survived that disaster, and the boiler explosion on USS Bennington in July 1905, as well as serving on several other ships before he left active duty in 1916. Recalled to service when the U.S. entered World War I in April 1917, on 1 June of that year, Turpin became Chief Gunner's Mate on USS Marblehead, one of the Navy's first African-American Chief Petty Officers. ⠀
#‎BlackHistoryMonth2017 #ussiowa #starsandstripes #thankyouforyourservice #johnhenryturpin - #regrann

Celebrating the American Spirit: Battleship IOWA Salutes John Henry Turpin. ⠀
Enlisted in the Navy at New York City on 4 November 1896, Turpin was a member of USS Maine's crew when she was destroyed by an explosion in February 1898. He survived that disaster, and the boiler explosion on USS Bennington in July 1905, as well as serving on several other ships before he left active duty in 1916. Recalled to service when the U.S. entered World War I in April 1917, on 1 June of that year, Turpin became Chief Gunner's Mate on USS Marblehead, one of the Navy's first African-American Chief Petty Officers. ⠀
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Sinking Battleships with Papa Cheese. Thanks for the tip @ronallchin and @charlesmcd @battleshipiowa #ussiowa #battleship #yousunkmybattleship

San Pedro Craft Brew Festival! One of the smaller festivals I've been to, but that was quickly forgotten after you realize the festival is on a battleship. Food was great too! Beer ice cream was actually not bad. #sanpedrocraftbeerfest #sanpedro #sanpedrocraftbeer #ussiowa #ussiowabattleship #beer

Awesome time visiting the USS IOWA battleship this afternoon! That's 3 out of 8 remaining battleships visited.
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USS Iowa. First time on a battle ship. #battleship #ussiowa #california #travel #america #thankyouforyourservice

Sailor jerry inspired art of the USS IOWA (BB-61) "speak softly and carry a big stick" #sailorjerry #ussiowa #bb61 #battleship #usnavy #bigstick #16inchguns #alexrowell

Celebrating the American Spirit: Battleship IOWA Salutes The Golden Thirteen - thirteen African-American enlisted men who became the first African American commissioned and warrant officers in the United States Navy. John Walter Reagan, Jesse Walter Arbor, Dalton Louis Baugh, Frank Ellis Sublett, Graham Edward Martin, Phillip George Barnes, Reginald E. Goodwin, James Edward Hair, Samuel Edward Barnes, George Clinton Cooper, William Sylvester White, and Dennis Denmark Nelson were commissioned as Ensigns; Charles Byrd Lear was appointed as a Warrant Officer. #‎BlackHistoryMonth2017 #ussiowa #starsandstripes #TheGoldenThirteen
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This ship is huuuuge! #yuge #ussiowa