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BB-61 USS IOWA
Post World War II - 1950

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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BB-61 Iowa196kArt line drawing of the Iowa (BB-61) in late 1945, MS-22 camouflage scheme.Drawing courtesy of Abram Joslin.
BB-61 Iowa21k Iowa (BB-61), in her final war time appearance. USN photo.
BB-61 Iowa77k Looking down from the forecastle of the Iowa (BB-61) onto her main armament at Seattle Navy Base, October, 1945. USN photo courtesy of Seattle NARA, submitted by Tracy White.
BB-61 Iowa198kPDF of a Personal History of the Iowa (BB-61) from Albert Lee Candido of Kansas City, Mo. / Radio Press News featuring internal coverage of ship happenings in Japan, late August 1945. Courtesy of Mike Sharp and submitted by Robert Hall.
BB-61 Iowa198kPDF of a Personal History of the Iowa (BB-61) from Albert Lee Candido of Kansas City, Mo. / Radio Press News featuring internal coverage of ship happenings in Japan, 21 Sept. 1945. Courtesy of Mike Sharp and submitted by Robert Hall.
BB-61 Iowa204kPDF of a Personal History of the Iowa (BB-61) from Albert Lee Candido of Kansas City, Mo. / Radio Press News featuring internal coverage of ship happenings in Japan, while sailing home, 2 October 1945. Courtesy of Mike Sharp and submitted by Robert Hall.
BB-62 New Jersey252kNew Jersey (BB-62) and Iowa (BB-61) together in about mid-1946 at Bremerton when they were idle with reduced crews. Note that Iowa has received SK-2 radar postwar. USN photo courtesy of David Buell. Photo added 07/14/08.
BB-61 Iowa304kThe Iowa (BB-61) still has the large open mesh SK air search antenna mounted atop a plain pole foretopmast. And there is nothing mounted on the aft mast attached to Stack #2. She also appears to be painted Haze Gray on all her vertical surfaces and has no large shaded hull numbers. This photo was most likely taken in 1946-47. During this period she operated from West Coast ports, on Naval Reserve and at sea training and drills and maneuvers with the Fleet. USN photo courtesy of David Buell. Partial text courtesy of DANFS. Photo i.d. courtesy of Robert M. Cieri.
BB-61 Iowa87k The Iowa (BB-61) in May of 1947. Photo focused on the starboard side floatplane, a Curtiss SC-1. Note that there was a plane on each catapult and a third on the deck between the two. Photograph courtesy of LCDR W. F. Keller, USNR & submitted by Robert M. Cieri.
BB-61 Iowa366kIowa (BB-61) in San Francisco Bay with the San Francisco-Oakland Bridge and Yerba Buana Island in the background on 24 May 1947. Note the two Curtiss SC-1's on their catapults. USN photo courtesy of Pieter Bakels.
BB-61 Iowa60kWritten on back of the photo is this inscription:
"7-18-47 On 7/19/47 sailed for Hawaii with California governor Earl Warren and 12 other ???? as guests of Sec Nav James Forrestal."
USN photo courtesy of NARA San Francisco, "San Francisco Naval Shipyard - Hunters Point, Historical Shipyard Photographic Collection 1904-74", courtesy of Tracy White.
BB-61 Iowa241k Iowa (BB-61) at anchor. Actual date and place not known but the photo was placed in the shipyard photo system of Mare Island, California in March 1949. USN photo courtesy of Darryl Baker.

USS IOWA BB-61 History
View This Vessels DANFS History Entry
(Located On The Hazegray & Underway Web Site, This Is The Main Archive For The DANFS Online Project.)

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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