120531-N-YM863-204 PACIFIC OCEAN (May 31, 2012) The former USS Iowa (BB 61) sits at anchor off Naval Weapons Station Seal Beach, Calif. The battleship is being prepared for berthing in San Pedro, Calif. as a floating museum. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communications Specialist 1st Class Eli J. Medellin/Released)
USS Iowa (BB 61) - the lead ship of her class of battleship and the fourth in the United States Navy to be named in honor of the 29th state. Owing to the cancellation of the Montana-class battleships, Iowa is the last lead ship of any class of US battleships and was the only ship of her class to have served in the Atlantic Ocean during World War II. Launched 1942, decommissioned, for last time, 1990.
The battleship Iowa, a storied vessel that languished for years in the U.S. Navy’s mothball fleet, began its final journey Saturday, from the San Francisco Bay to its permanent home as a museum in the Port of Los Angeles.