As we boarded the USS Iowa, berthed adjacent to the Cruise Terminal in San Pedro, our name was called as a military service veteran. This is standard procedure aboard Iowa as it readies itself for inspection by people of all ages.
This battleship has enjoyed a long and illustrious career in serving the United States Navy and the country through three conflicts of the 20th century. It took part in World War 2, the Korean War and the Cold War.
It had 20 years of active service, and 50 years in the Naval Reserve.
In 2011 it was presented to the Pacific Battleship Center and on July 7, 2012 opened at the Port of Los Angeles for public display and tours.
It was our first visit to a battleship and just looking at those 16 inch guns was breath taking. When fired a projectile as tall as a man can hit a target 26 miles away. Later the ship was provided with Tomahawk Cruise Missiles that extended its firepower dramatically
Visiting the Iowa is delightfully easy. Signs on the 110 freeway guide you to the huge parking lot that brings one just steps from the ticket office and ship. Parking fees are most modest. Once aboard docents are everywhere to answer questions and guide one through the ship.
We thought it a great experience. It is open seven days a week for tours. For more information call 877 446-9261, on the web at pacificbattleship.com.