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BB-61 USS IOWA
1985 - 1986

Radio Call Sign: November - Echo - Papa - Mike

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Iowa Class Battleship: Displacement 45,000 Tons, Dimensions, 887' 3" (oa) x 108' 2" x 37' 9" (Max)Armament 9 x 16"/50 20 x 5"/38AA, 80 x 40mm 49 x 20mm, 3 AC. Armor, 12 1/8" Belt, 17" Turrets, 1 1/2" +6" +5/8" Decks, 17 1/4" Conning Tower. Machinery, 212,000 SHP; G.E. Geared Turbines, 4 screws. Speed, 33 Knots, Crew 1921.

Operational and Building Data: Laid down by New York Naval Ship Yard, June 27, 1940. Launched August 27, 1942. Commissioned February 22, 1943. Decommissioned March 24, 1949. Recommissioned August 25, 1951. Decommissioned February 2, 1958. Recommissioned April 28, 1984. Decommissioned October 26, 1990. Stricken for disposal 12 January 1995 but retained as a parts source. Reinstated on the Naval Vessels Register and returned to reserve status 4 January 1999.
Fate: To be permanently displayed in L.A.
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BB-61 Iowa67k A motor whaleboat is lowered over the side of the battleship on 23 Feb 1985. Official U.S. Navy Photograph # DN-SN-87-05134, from the Department of Defense Still Media Collection, courtesy of dodmedia.osd.mil.
BB-61 Iowa234kSixteen-inch projectiles prior to being offloaded from the Iowa (BB-61). The ship is being prepared for a four-month post shakedown availability at Norfolk Naval Shipyard, 25 Mar 1985. Official U.S. Navy Photograph # DN-ST-85-07849, by PH1 Jeff Hilton, from the Department of Defense Still Media Collection, courtesy of dodmedia.osd.mil.
BB-61 Iowa199k A starboard bow view of the Iowa (BB-61) enroute to the Norfolk Naval Shipyard, 5 April 1985. Official U.S. Navy Photograph # DN-ST-85-07822, by PH1 Jeff Hilton, from the Department of Defense Still Media Collection, courtesy of dodmedia.osd.mil.
BB-61 Iowa321k The Iowa (BB-61) is guided into Dry Dock No. 4, 1 April 1985. Official U.S. Navy Photograph # DN-ST-86-05793, by PH3 J. Elliott, from the Department of Defense Still Media Collection, courtesy of dodmedia.osd.mil.
BB-61 Iowa444k A starboard bow view of the Iowa (BB-61) in the No. 4 dry dock for a four-month post shakedown availability, 26 April 1985. Official U.S. Navy Photograph # DN-ST-85-07839, by PH1 Jeff Hilton, from the Department of Defense Still Media Collection, courtesy of dodmedia.osd.mil.
BB-61 Iowa74k A stern view of the battleship Iowa (BB-61) on keel blocks in Dry Dock No. 4.for a four-month post shakedown availability, 26 April 1985. Official U.S. Navy Photograph # DN-ST-86-05786, by PH1 Jeff Hilton, from the Department of Defense Still Media Collection, courtesy of dodmedia.osd.mil.
BB-61 Iowa55k Two crewmen work together to clean the starboard anchor on the battleship Iowa (BB-61). Official U.S. Navy Photograph # DN-ST-85-07815, by PH1 Jeff Hilton, from the Department of Defense Still Media Collection, courtesy of dodmedia.osd.mil.
BB-61 Iowa348kAn aerial view of the Iowa (BB-61) in Dry Dock No. 4 at Norfolk Naval Shipyard, 1 May 1985. Official U.S. Navy Photograph # DN-ST-86-05788, by PH2 Ken Bates, from the Department of Defense Still Media Collection, courtesy of dodmedia.osd.mil.
BB-61 Iowa155kLieutenant Commander George Farrar, public affairs officer of the Iowa (BB-61), examines the armored skegs protecting the ship's inboard screws. Official U.S. Navy Photograph # DN-ST-86-05794, by PH2 Ken Bates, from the Department of Defense Still Media Collection, courtesy of dodmedia.osd.mil.
BB-61 Iowa250kCrewmen of the battleship Iowa (BB-61) display a battle efficiency ribbon in front of the No. 1 and 2 turrets on 1 Jun 1985. The ribbon is held by Captain Gerald E. Gneckow, the ship's commanding officer, left, and Commander Joe Lee Frank, operations officer. Official U.S. Navy Photograph # DN-ST-86-05789, by PHC Hilton, from the Department of Defense Still Media Collection, courtesy of dodmedia.osd.mil. & submitted by Bill Gonyo.
BB-61 Iowa277k Waves crash on the bow of the Iowa (BB-61) while underway in rough seas, 1 Sep 1985. The ship is participating in NATO Exercise Ocean Safari '85. Official U.S. Navy Photograph # DN-ST-86-02556, by PH1 Jeff Hilton, from the Department of Defense Still Media Collection, courtesy of dodmedia.osd.mil.
BB-61 Iowa54k An SH-60B Sea Hawk helicopter is secured by flight deck crewmen aboard the battleship Iowa (BB-61) on 1 Sep 1985. Official U.S. Navy Photograph # DN-ST-86-02511, by PHC Jeff Hilton, from the Department of Defense Still Media Collection, courtesy of dodmedia.osd.mil.
BB-61 Iowa162k Iowa (BB-61) in the South Western approaches of the U.K. putting on a Firepower Demonstration during the concluding phase of NATO Exercise Ocean Safari '85. This was the largest peacetime naval exercise in history with 160 warships from 10 countries participating. The exercise was from 28 August 1985 to 20 September 1985. The exercise was to simulate the resupply of Europe and the protection of convoy routes. Maneuvers were carried out in the North Sea, the Norwegian Sea, the Straits of Denmark and the Baltic Sea. Official US Navy Photograph processed by the Iowa's Photo Lab & text contributed by Robert M. Cieri.
BB-61 Iowa236kWater spills over the fantail of the Iowa (BB-61) during high power maneuvers in shallow waters at Chesapeake Bay, VA, 19 November 1985. Official U.S. Navy Photograph # DN-SC-87-09162, by PH1 Jeff Hilton, from the Department of Defense Still Media Collection, courtesy of dodmedia.osd.mil.
BB-61 Iowa280kNavy photographers and cameramen film the Iowa (BB-61) from Contractor's Ridge as the ship passes through the Gaillard Cut during a 12-hour transit of the canal, 24 Feb 1986. Official U.S. Navy Photograph # DN-ST-86-04889, by PH1 Jeff Hilton, from the Department of Defense Still Media Collection, courtesy of dodmedia.osd.mil.
BB-61 Iowa166k A silhouetted port beam view of the Iowa (BB-61) anchored at sunset, 3 Mar 1986. Official U.S. Navy Photograph # DN-SC-87-09447, by PH1 Jeff Hilton, from the Department of Defense Still Media Collection, courtesy of dodmedia.osd.mil.
BB-61 Iowa32k The starboard signal bridge area, 03 level, frames 96-97, on the battleship Iowa (BB-61). Official U.S. Navy Photograph # DN-SC-86-09508, by PHC Jeff Hilton, from the Department of Defense Still Media Collection, courtesy of dodmedia.osd.mil.
BB-61 Iowa124kThe helicopter control station on the 02 level of the battleship Iowa (BB-61). Official U.S. Navy Photograph # DN-ST-86-09557, by PH1 Jeff Hilton, from the Department of Defense Still Media Collection, courtesy of dodmedia.osd.mil.
BB-61 Iowa173k Visible atop the fire control tower is periscope Mk.32, to right, periscope Mk.30 Mod 0 in 1985. Photograph courtesy of Pieter Bakels.
BB-61 Iowa582k Mk 37 secondary battery director w. Mk 25 radar, the Mark 38 main battery director w. Mk 13, and QE-8L satellite communication antenna, aboard Iowa (BB-61).Photograph courtesy of Pieter Bakels.
BB-61 Iowa569kA crew member monitors the SLQ-32 radar warning system console aboard the battleship Iowa (BB-61).Photograph courtesy of Pieter Bakels.
BB-61 Iowa148k Crew members aboard the Iowa (BB-61) deploy an inflatable target prior to a main battery firing exercise for the ship's Mark 7 16-inch/50-cal. guns during NATO exercise North Wedding 86, 1 Aug 1986. Official U.S. Navy Photograph # DN-ST-87-00320, by PH1 Jeff Hilton, from the Department of Defense Still Media Collection, courtesy of dodmedia.osd.mil.
BB-61 Iowa480k Crew members aboard the Iowa (BB-61) wait for a Helicopter Light Anti-Submarine Squadron 34 (HSL-34) SH-2F Seasprite helicopter to be secured before transporting a badly burned sailor injured during NATO exercise North Wedding 86. Official U.S. Navy Photograph # DN-ST-87-00280, by PH1 Jeff Hilton, from the Department of Defense Still Media Collection, courtesy of dodmedia.osd.mil.
BB-61 Iowa19k Signal flags fly from the bridge of the battleship Iowa (BB-61) during NATO Exercise North Wedding 86. USN photo # DN-ST-87-01012, by PH1 Jeff Hilton, courtesy of dodmedia.osd.mil.
BB-61 Iowa206k Crewmen aboard the Iowa (BB-61) stand by to transfer pallets of five-inch ammunition to the ammunition ship Nitro (AE-23). Official U.S. Navy Photograph # DN-ST-87-01914, by PH1 Jeff Hilton, from the Department of Defense Still Media Collection, courtesy of dodmedia.osd.mil.
BB-61 Iowa117k Port side view of the Iowa (BB-61) when she visited Portsmouth UK, 1986. Courtesy of John Bushell, ex Royal Navy Chief.
BB-61 Iowa62k Crew members prepare to release a weather/wind velocity balloon prior to a remote-piloted vehicle launch aboard the Iowa (BB-61). Official U.S. Navy Photograph # DN-ST-87-04727, by PHC Hilton, from the Department of Defense Still Media Collection, courtesy of dodmedia.osd.mil.
BB-61 Iowa22k A view of the stern of the Iowa (BB-61) with a Pioneer I remotely-piloted vehicle (RPV) in launching position and a recovery net erected on the ship's stern. Official U.S. Navy Photograph # DN-ST-87-04515, by PHC Hilton, from the Department of Defense Still Media Collection, courtesy of dodmedia.osd.mil.
BB-61 Iowa601k A crewman performs a final pre-launch check on a Pioneer I remotely-piloted vehicle (RPV) on the stern of the Iowa (BB-61). Official U.S. Navy Photograph # DN-ST-87-04518, by PHC Hilton, from the Department of Defense Still Media Collection, courtesy of dodmedia.osd.mil.
BB-61 Iowa396k Pioneer I Remotely-Piloted Vehicle (RPV) is launched during a rocket-booster assisted takeoff from the stern of the Iowa (BB-61) on 1 November 1986. The RPV, which carries a stabilized television camera and a laser designator, is being tested aboard the Iowa as a basic gunfire support system with over-the-horizon targeting and reconnaissance capabilities. The system may be operated out to a range of 110 miles from the battleship surface group and has an endurance of eight hours. Official U.S. Navy Photograph # DN-ST-87-04719, by PHC Hilton, from the Department of Defense Still Media Collection, courtesy of dodmedia.osd.mil.
BB-61 Iowa425kA Pioneer I remotely piloted vehicle (PV) approaches a recovery net erected on the stern of the Iowa (BB-61). Official U.S. Navy Photograph # DN-ST-87-09374, by PHC Jeff Hilton, from the Department of Defense Still Media Collection, courtesy of dodmedia.osd.mil.
BB-61 Iowa511k Crewmen disengage a Pioneer I remotely-piloted vehicle (RPV) from a recovery net erected on the stern of the Iowa (BB-61) on 1 November 1986. Official U.S. Navy Photograph # DN-ST-87-04514, by PHC Hilton, from the Department of Defense Still Media Collection, courtesy of dodmedia.osd.mil.
(NISMF)114k A view of the breach end of the center Mark 7 16-inch/50-caliber gun inside the No. 2 turret aboard the battleship Iowa (BB-61) on 14 December 1986. Loaded in the gun is what will be the 1,000th round fired by the Iowa's 16-inch guns since the ship's recommissioning. USN photo # DN-SC-91-03645, by PHAN William Holck, courtesy of dodmedia.osd.mil.
BB-61 Iowa89kAs seen from above, a 2,700-pound dummy projectile travels up a hoist from a handling room in one of the 16-inch/50-caliber gun turrets aboard the Iowa (BB-61). Official U.S. Navy Photograph # DN-SC-91-03640, by PHAN William Holck, from the Department of Defense Still Media Collection, courtesy of dodmedia.osd.mil.
BB-61 Iowa225kA 1,900-pound high capacity (HC) projectile is hoisted up to the spanning tray of the center Mark 7 15-inch/50-caliber gun in the No. 2 turret aboard the Iowa (BB-61), 14 December 1986. This particular projectile will be the 1,000th round fired by the Iowa's 16-inch guns since the ship's recommissioning. Official U.S. Navy Photograph # DN-SC-91-03642, by PHAN William Holck, from the Department of Defense Still Media Collection, courtesy of dodmedia.osd.mil.
BB-61 Iowa230k Christmas lights and decorations adorn the Iowa (BB-61), as the battleship is moored at a pier at the Norfolk Operating Base. The guided-missile destroyer Scott (DDG-995) is nested outboard on 28 December 1986. US Navy photo # DN-SC-87-03639 by PH2 Bob Maxwell courtesy of Robert M. Cieri.

USS IOWA BB-61 History
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Crew Contact And Reunion Information

Contact Name: Veterans Association of the U.S.S. Iowa, Bill Kelly, Treasurer
Address: 2916 NW Bucklin Hill Rd #169
Silverdale Wa 98383
Phone: voice mail 1-877-909-6999
E-mail: John Bee
or E-mail:President John Lapotasky
Phone:
1-252-637-1723
Note About Contacts.

The contact listed, Was the contact at the time for this ship when located. If another person now is the contact, E-mail me and I will update this entry. These contacts are compiled from various sources over a long period of time and may or may not be correct. Every effort has been made to list the newest contact if more than one contact was found.


Additional Resources
Hazegray & Underway Battleship Pages By Andrew Toppan.
USS IOWA Web Page By the Iowa Reunion Assn.

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