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BB-61 USS IOWA
March - December 1943
Shakedown Cruise & Getting Ready for War

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 Iowa76kThe 20mm gun crew in action on the forecastle of the Iowa (BB-61), probably during her shakedown period in the late winter and spring of 1943. Note the gunner using Mark 14 lead-computing gun sight mounted on the 20mm gun at right.Official U.S. Navy photo # 80-G-K-116469, from the collections of the National Archives.
BB-61 Iowa115kNewly completed, the Iowa (BB-61) is inclined at the New York Navy Yard, 28 March 1943.
Her three conning tower levels, the lowest for the fleet commander, are visible. As in other U.S. battleships of this period, the upper level was a fire control station, with periscopes and radars protruding from it. The large platform above was the primary conn.
By this time it was clear that the constricted walk way around the conning tower would not suffice. Moreover, an open bridge was useful (even essential) in air action.
The mast structure accommodated a small chart room, which supplimented the chart house at the navigating bridge level further down.
Surface lookouts occupied the next level, with its slits. The upper platform was the forward air defense station, with a 24-inch searchlight at its after side. It carried two sky lookout positions and two target designators.
Photo and text courtesy of U.S. Battleships: An Illustrated Design History by Norman Friedman.
BB-61 Iowa463kNewly completed, the Iowa (BB-61) is inclined at the New York Navy Yard, 28 March 1943.
Her three conning tower levels, the lowest for the fleet commander, are visible. As in other U.S. battleships of this period, the upper level was a fire control station, with periscopes and radars protruding from it. The large platform above was the primary conn.
By this time it was clear that the constricted walk way around the conning tower would not suffice. Moreover, an open bridge was useful (even essential) in air action.
The mast structure accommodated a small chart room, which supplimented the chart house at the navigating bridge level further down.
Surface lookouts occupied the next level, with its slits. The upper platform was the forward air defense station, with a 24-inch searchlight at its after side. It carried two sky lookout positions and two target designators.
USN Photo # F1111C341, courtesy of David Buell. Text courtesy of U.S. Battleships: An Illustrated Design History by Norman Friedman.
BB-61 Iowa86kBow, stern, starboard upper view drawings of the Iowa (BB-61) as completed in 1943, with an open walk way surrounding her conning tower. Line drawing by A.D. Baker III. Photo and text courtesy of U.S. Battleships: An Illustrated Design History by Norman Friedman.
BB-61 Iowa60kPhotographed during her shakedown period off Bayone N.J., 29 March 1943. USNHC photo # NH 53264, now in the collections of the National Archives.
BB-61 Iowa333kIowa (BB-61) photographed during her shakedown period, 4 April 1943. She has no 40MM mounts on the bow, the bow tub for the 20mms is not yet installed, and the first bridge modifications have not been made. Official US Navy Photograph # 19-N-49295. Photo courtesy of David Buell. Photo added 09/19/08.
BB-61 Iowa149kLine art drawing of the Iowa (BB-61), April, 1943 as completed. Drawing courtesy of Jean Secardin. (Please contact him for permission to use any of his drawings @perso.wanadoo.fr/ww2
BB-61 Iowa61kSeen on shakedown cruise blowing out soot out of the large rear stack. Note the top of one of the 5in/38cal mounts in the foreground at left and part of two of the six 40mm Bofors mounts located between the stacks, May 1943.USN photo.
BB-61 Iowa50kPerforming anti-aircraft practice. Visible are a 20mm Oerlikon gun tub and 5in/38cal gun mounts, May 1943.USN photo.
BB-61 Iowa237kMain real estate aboard the Iowa (BB-61) while anchored off New York Navy Yard after post-shakedown refit 9 July 1943. First of ten photos from that date & location.
Note the "bloomers" aboard the Mk.37 director & it's radar equipment .
USN photo courtesy of Pieter Bakels.
BB-61 Iowa205kLooking down at the business end of the Iowa (BB-61). Note the unidentified CVA in the background.USN photo courtesy of Pieter Bakels.
BB-61 Iowa340k20MM mounts near main turret #2 of the Iowa (BB-61). Side view looking to port.USN photo # F1111C467 courtesy of Pieter Bakels.
BB-61 Iowa219kSide view of 40MM clusters on the Iowa (BB-61). USN photo # F1111C469 courtesy of Pieter Bakels.
BB-61 Iowa187k20MM mounts on the Iowa's (BB-61) bow. USN photo # F1111C474 courtesy of Pieter Bakels.
BB-61 Iowa250k40MM mounts main deck forward on the Iowa (BB-61). USN photo # F1111C465 courtesy of Pieter Bakels.
BB-61 Iowa212k40MM mount on turret # 3, side view. USN photo # F1111C466 courtesy of Pieter Bakels.
BB-61 Iowa296kTop view of main deck forward from top of MT. #2 frame 73 looking forward. USN photo # F1111C464 courtesy of Pieter Bakels.
BB-61 Iowa68kOne of the (many) 20mm Oerlikon gun tubs, this one with three single mounts (seen covered here.) This tub is located alongside the forward superstructure. The pairs of boxes between the mounts contain ready service magazines, 9 July 1943.USN photo.
BB-61 Iowa52kLike the photo above, one of the (many) 20mm Oerlikon gun tubs, this one with three single mounts. This tub is located alongside the forward superstructure. The pairs of boxes between the mounts contain ready service magazines, except taken from a different angle with the guns now uncovered, 9 July 1943.USN photo.
BB-61 Iowa207kTriple 20mm mounts on turret # 2. Top view looking forward.USN photo courtesy of David Buell.
BB-61 Iowa74kAnchored off New York Navy Yard after the post-shakedown refit. Note the aft pair of quad 40mm Bofors gun tubs mounted on the immediate stern. Also note the gentle upsweep of the bow, 9 July 1943.USN photo.
BB-61 Iowa284kA tug and several small boats are tied up along side while the Iowa (BB-61) is anchored off New York Navy Yard after post-shakedown refit 9 July 1943.USN photo courtesy of David Buell.
BB-61 Iowa74kIowa (BB-61), broadside view amidships, 9 July 1943.USN photo courtesy of David Buell.
BB-61 Iowa56kIowa class line drawing.Courtesy of Joe Radigan.
BB-61 Iowa58kOne of the (many also) splinter shield equipped quad 40mm Bofors guns. Note the inside of the tub contains racks for 40mm clips (four rounds per clip.) Also note the curved deflectors at the rear of the guns which deflects the spent cases in front of the mount.USN photo.
BB-61 Iowa295kKing Neptune makes his appearance at Iowa's (BB-61) first equator crossing, 27 November 1943. Photo courtesy of Robert M. Cieri.
BB-61 Iowa23kOil on canvas painting by the artist Anthony Saunders entitled "Iowa (BB-61) leaving New York."
Iowa was commissioned in February 1943 at the New York Navy Yard. Her first mission was to the North Atlantic in August 1943 to neutralise the threat of the German Battleship Tirpitz.
Text and drawing courtesy of naval-art.com
BB-61 Iowa128kThe conning tower section seen at Boston Navy Yard after some minor refit (inlcuding the vertical strakes on the sides for wind deflection.) At the center of the image is one of the four 5in/38cal gun directors. Note the armor thickness visble at the hatch and also the direct vision slots. Note also one of the ship's bells is visible, November 1943.USN photo.
BB-61 Iowa89kThe conning tower section seen at Boston Navy Yard after some minor refit (inlcuding the vertical strakes on the sides for wind deflection.) Note that all the types of weapons are visible here - 20mm, 40mm, 5in/38cal, and the rear of one of the 16in/50cal turrets (note the 20mm gun tub on top of this turret and the floater nets mounted there too.) November 1943.USN photo.
BB-61 Iowa99kLooking aft from the forward fire control tower, during the Iowa's (BB-61) shakedown period, 1943. Carrier in the distance may be Lexington (CV-16). USN / USNI photo.
BB-61 Iowa442kThe bathtub on the battleship Iowa (BB-61) & it's miniature self. This is the only bathtub on a United States Navy warship. It was installed as a convenience for President Franklin D. Roosevelt when he crossed the Atlantic Ocean to meet with British Prime Minister Winston Churchill and Soviet Secretary General Joseph Stalin at Casablanca, Morocco on the first leg of the journey to the Teheran Conference in November 1943. After the conference she returned the President to the United States.USN photo # DN-ST-86-02543, by PH1 Jeff Hilton, courtesy of dodmedia.osd.mil.& commons.wikimedia.org. Partial text courtesy of DANFS.

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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