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BB-61 USS IOWA
1987 - 1990

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: Moved to Susian Bay, Benicia California, April 2001.
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(NISMF)248k Lower shell level from powder handling level aboard the Iowa (BB-61), 6 January 1987. Photo courtesy of Phil Lucy.
(NISMF)315k Middle Shell Deck (OD Projectiles Are 1900 lb HC Shells and Dark Ones 2700 lb Armor-Piercing) aboard the Iowa (BB-61), 6 January 1987. Photo courtesy of Phil Lucy.
BB-61 Iowa107k Iowa (BB-61) anchored in Istanbul circa 1987-88. Photo courtesy of Hudai Ozguder.
BB-61 Iowa197kPhotos and dates for the Former Commanding Officers of the battleship Iowa (BB-61). Page #1 Photograph contributed by Robert M. Cieri. Photo added 09/09/08.
BB-61 Iowa176kPhotos and dates for the Former Commanding Officers of the battleship Iowa (BB-61). Page #2 Photograph contributed by Robert M. Cieri. Photo added 09/09/08.
BB-61 Iowa73kCrew members process paperwork in the supply department office aboard the battleship Iowa (BB-61) on 1 Feb 1987.Official U.S. Navy Photograph # DN-SN-87-09219 by PH1 Elliot,from the Department of Defense Still Media Collection, courtesy of dodmedia.osd.mil.
BB-61 Iowa485kThe centerline passageway known as "Broadway" on the third deck of the Iowa (BB-61), 1 Feb 1987. Official U.S. Navy Photograph # DN-SN-87-09199, by PHC Jeff Elliott, from the Department of Defense Still Media Collection, courtesy of dodmedia.osd.mil.
BB-61 Iowa498kThe No. 1 and No. 2 Mark 7 16-inch/50-caliber gun turrets of the battleship Iowa (BB-61) are fired to starboard during a main battery gunnery exercise on 23 April 1987.Official U.S. Navy Photograph # DN-ST-87-05940, from the Department of Defense Still Media Collection, courtesy of dodmedia.osd.mil. & submitted by Robert M. Cieri.
BB-61 Iowa395kThe Iowa (BB-61) leads its battle group into the bay. The aircraft carrier Coral Sea (CV-43) and its battle group are at left; the aircraft carrier Saratoga (CV-60) and its battle group are at right, 17 Oct 1987. Official U.S. Navy Photograph # DN-SC-90-11747, by PH3 Michael Skeens,from the Department of Defense Still Media Collection, courtesy of dodmedia.osd.mil.
BB-61 Iowa52kThe Iowa (BB-61) firing her main battery during exercises in the Med. in 1987. Submitted by Lawrence J.B. McGehean (AE2), while aboard the Saratoga with VF-74.
BB-61 Iowa203k A port bow view of the Iowa (BB-61) underway. The national ensign is visible in the foreground, 30 Nov 1987. Official U.S. Navy Photograph # DN-SC-88-01950, from the Department of Defense Still Media Collection, courtesy of dodmedia.osd.mil.
BB-61 Iowa124kThe Dallas Cowboy Cheerleaders perform under the No. 3 Mark 7 16-inch/50-caliber gun turret aboard the Iowa (BB-61), 1 Jan 1988. Official U.S. Navy Photograph # DN-SC-88-03222, by PH2 Robert A. Sabo, from the Department of Defense Still Media Collection, courtesy of dodmedia.osd.mil.
BB-61 Iowa113kA stern view of the battleship Iowa (BB-61) as it is pulled away from Pier No. 1 by a tug boat on 25 Feb 1988.Official U.S. Navy Photograph # DN-ST-90-04695, by PH1 Elliot, courtesy of dodmedia.osd.mil.
BB-61 Iowa196kA port view of the bridge area of the Iowa (BB-61) showing the MK. 16 Phalanx Close-In-Weapons-System (CIWS), two Mk. 28 5-inch, 38-caliber twin gunmounts, the Mk. 68 gunfire control system and SPG-35A radar a NAS Norfolk VA., 11 Oct 1988. Official U.S. Navy Photograph # DN-SC-90-02980, by Joseph C. Sansberg, from the Department of Defense Still Media Collection, courtesy of dodmedia.osd.mil.
BB-61 Iowa142kAn aerial view of the battleship Iowa (BB-61) firing its Mark 7 16-inch 50-caliber guns to starboard while underway as part of a NATO task group on 1 Dec 1988.Official U.S. Navy Photograph # DN-SC-91-03241, by PH1 Sabo, from the Department of Defense Still Media Collection, courtesy of dodmedia.osd.mil.
BB-61 Iowa70kFront cover of the Iowa (BB-61) Welcome Aboard pamphlet. Courtesy of Richard Miller, BMCS, USNR RET.
BB-61 Iowa652kA photo taken from the bridge captures the explosion of the No. 2 16-inch gun turret aboard the Iowa (BB-61). It was later determined that 47 sailors were killed by the blast, which occurred as the Iowa was conducting routine gunnery exercises 330 miles northeast of Puerto Rico, 19 Apr 1989. Official U.S. Navy Photograph # DN-ST-89-06800, by LT. Thomas Jarrell, from the Department of Defense Still Media Collection, courtesy of dodmedia.osd.mil.
BB-61 Iowa605kA photo taken from the bridge captures the efforts taken to combat fire directly after the No. 2 16-inch gun turret aboard the Iowa (BB-61) exploded. Official U.S. Navy Photograph # DN-SC-90-05390, by LT. Thomas Jarrell, from the Department of Defense Still Media Collection, courtesy of dodmedia.osd.mil.
BB-61 Iowa98kSailors line the rails, and Marines stand at attention beneath the No. 2 16-inch gun turret of the Iowa (BB-61), as the battleship comes home four days after an explosion in the No. 2 killed 47 of its crew. Official U.S. Navy Photograph # DN-ST-89-07199, by PH1 (SW) Jeff Elliot, from the Department of Defense Still Media Collection, courtesy of dodmedia.osd.mil.
BB-61 Iowa151kUsing a diagram of a 16-inch gun turret, Captain Larry Seaquist briefs the Pentagon press corps on the operation and safety features of battleship guns, the day after an explosion aboard the Iowa (BB-61) off the coast of Puerto Rico. Seaquist is a former commanding officer of the Iowa. Official U.S. Navy Photograph # DN-SC-90-08386, by JO3 Oscar L. Sosa, from the Department of Defense Still Media Collection, courtesy of dodmedia.osd.mil.
BB-61 Iowa296k The 16-inch guns aboard the Iowa (BB-61) loom over the crew members manning the rails as the ship returns to home port of Norfolk, VA., 23 Apr 1989. An explosion in the No. 2 16-inch gun turret which killed 47 crew members on April 19th as the Iowa was conducting routine gunnery exercises approximately 300 miles northeast of Puerto Rico. Official U.S. Navy Photograph # DN-ST-89-06800, by JO3 Oscar L. Sosa, from the Department of Defense Still Media Collection, courtesy of dodmedia.osd.mil.
BB-61 Iowa410kThe No. 2 16-inch gun turret looms over photographers and crew members of the Iowa (BB-61), as the battleship comes home four days after an explosion in No. 2 killed 47 of its crew. Official U.S. Navy Photograph # DN-ST-89-07197, by PH1 Elliot, courtesy of dodmedia.osd.mil.
BB-61 Iowa107kRear Adm. Richard D. Milligan points to a photograph during a Pentagon press conference called to release the findings of the Navy's official investigation into the 19 April 1989, explosion in Turret No. 2 aboard the Iowa (BB-61). Photographs and charts on the stage detail the technical probe into the explosion. Powder bags similar to those used aboard the Iowa at the time of the explosion are the lower center, 5 Sep 1989. Official U.S. Navy Photograph # DN-SC-90-08334 by JO3 Oscar L. Sosa, from the Department of Defense Still Media Collection, courtesy of dodmedia.osd.mil.
BB-61 Iowa65kRear Adm. Richard D. Milligan holds up a book during a Pentagon press conference called to release the findings of the Navy's official investigation into the 19 April 1989, explosion in Turret No. 2 aboard the Iowa (BB-61). The book was found in the personal effects of Gunner's Mate G (Guns) 2nd Class Clayton M. Hartwig, one of the sailors killed in the explosion.
Navy investigators concluded that Hartwig intentionally caused the blast. but the Navy later reversed itself and the CNO publicly apologized to the Hartwig family.
Official U.S. Navy Photograph # DN-SC-90-08323 by JO3 Oscar L. Sosa, from the Department of Defense Still Media Collection, courtesy of dodmedia.osd.mil. Additional text courtesy of Craig Busack.
BB-61 Iowa123kIn Memoriam Program Cover for those who gave their lives aboard the Iowa (BB-61) on 19 April 1989. The Memorial Service was held at Naval Base, Norfolk, VA on 24 April 1989. The event was attended by the 41st President of the United States, George H. W. Bush. Courtesy of Robert M. Cieri.
BB-61 Iowa149kPage 1 of the In Memoriam Program for those who gave their lives aboard the Iowa (BB-61) on 19 April 1989. The Memorial Service was held at Naval Base, Norfolk, VA on 24 April 1989. The event was attended by the 41st President of the United States, George H. W. Bush. Courtesy of Robert M. Cieri.
BB-61 Iowa112kPage 2 of the In Memoriam Program for those who gave their lives aboard the Iowa (BB-61) on 19 April 1989. The Memorial Service was held at Naval Base, Norfolk, VA on 24 April 1989. The event was attended by the 41st President of the United States, George H. W. Bush. Courtesy of Robert M. Cieri.
BB-61 Iowa140kBack cover of the In Memoriam Program for those who gave their lives aboard the Iowa (BB-61) on 19 April 1989. The Memorial Service was held at Naval Base, Norfolk, VA on 24 April 1989. The event was attended by the 41st President of the United States, George H. W. Bush. Courtesy of Robert M. Cieri.
BB-61 Iowa192kUnderway in formation off the coast of Lebanon are, from left, the guided missile cruiser Belknap (CG-26), the Iowa (BB-61), the aircraft carrier Coral Sea(CV-43) and the amphibious assault ship Nassau(LHA-4), 16 Aug 1989. Official U.S. Navy Photograph # DN-SC-90-11755, by PH3 Michael Skeens, from the Department of Defense Still Media Collection, courtesy of dodmedia.osd.mil.
BB-61 Iowa197kFront cover of the decommissioning program of the Iowa (BB-61) at Norfolk VA., on 26 Oct 1990. Photo courtesy of Robert M. Cieri.
BB-61 Iowa214kCMDR 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. Official U.S. Navy Photograph # DN-ST-91-01573, by PH3 John Bivera, from the Department of Defense Still Media Collection, courtesy of dodmedia.osd.mil.
BB-61 Iowa441k Members of the media interview Vice Chief of Naval Operations ADM Jerome L. Johnson as he takes part in the decommissioning ceremony for the battleship Iowa (BB-61) on 26 Oct 1990. The image is superimposed over a plaque commemorating the explosion in the No. 2 16-inch gun turret aboard the vessel which killed 47 crew members as the Iowa was conducting routine gunnery exercises 330 miles northeast of Puerto Rico on April 19, 1989. Official U.S. Navy Photograph # DN-SC-91-02593, by PH3 John Bivera, from the Department of Defense Still Media Collection, courtesy of dodmedia.osd.mil.
BB-61 Iowa326k A flag hoist lies on the deck near the bow of the battleship Iowa (BB-61) following the ship's decommissioning ceremony at NAS Norfolk, VA., 26 Oct 1990. The nuclear-powered aircraft carrier Theodore Roosevelt (CVN-71) is at right. Official U.S. Navy Photograph # DN-ST-91-01564, by PH3 John Bivera, from the Department of Defense Still Media Collection, courtesy of dodmedia.osd.mil.
BB-61 Iowa117kSailors take a break while working atop Turret No. 2 aboard the Iowa (BB-61), 6 Nov 1990. Official U.S. Navy Photograph # DN-ST-91-01467, by PH2(SW) Robert A. Sabo, from the Department of Defense Still Media Collection, courtesy of dodmedia.osd.mil.

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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