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D E E PD E E P Posts: 1,640 Moderator
In Los Angeles to visit my brother and my son insisted on visiting the decommissioned battleship IOWA.


  • team getterdunteam getterdun Posts: 1,741 Captain
    I would volunteer to be that dumb SOB that remained on-deck when they lit those big boys off.
    "Fundamentals are nothing but a crutch for the talentless" - Kenny Powers
  • Turner River TerrorTurner River Terror Posts: 11,925 AG
    I'd like to be the on Shore Artillery Spotter... Make the Earth move..:grin
    Killin and Grillin :grin
  • mindyabinessmindyabiness Posts: 8,019 Admiral
    Was mention made of the accident in the gun turret?
    The 16" gun turret killed 47 people.
    Arguing with idiots is like playing chess with a pigeon... No matter how good you are, the bird is going to crap on the board and strut around like it won anyway.
  • Westwall01Westwall01 Posts: 5,452 Admiral
    Been on the North Carolina......awesome stuff
  • mississippi macmississippi mac Posts: 4,222 Captain
    the Iowa was refitted in Pascagoula, ms at ingalls ship building yard....
    it was tied up near the mouth of lake yazoo yacht basin...
    we used to tie up in lake yazoo when we were doing regattas in 'goula...
    we always made a swing by the ship on the way out to the race was an amazing sight to see and has beautiful lines...
    I had a bunch of film shots of her (lost in Katrina)...
    I have a retired mechanical engineer on my racing crew that worked on the boat...
    he said it was pretty awesome and has some teak planking from the deck at home....
    The Real White Dog

    if you can't catch a fish...catch a buzz....
    #12976, joined 8-17-2002
  • ScoutboatScoutboat Posts: 2,575 Captain
    It's too bad that modern naval warfare made the battleship absolete.
    Beautiful lines, there was no mistaking that ship for any other.
  • bullgatorbullgator Posts: 1,940 Officer
    Scoutboat wrote: »
    It's too bad that modern naval warfare made the battleship absolete.
    Beautiful lines, there was no mistaking that ship for any other.

    Without a doubt. In 1988 I was stationed aboard the USS Long Beach (CGN-9) which took part in a RIMPAC exercise with the battleships New Jersey (BB-62) and Missouri (BB-63). The New Jersey pulled alongside for UnRep (underway replenishment, where ships pull abreast and are connected by cables and pallets of supplies are moved from one ship to the other). Most beautiful ship I have ever seen. Wide as a bathtub but somehow sleek. She actually sat lower in the water than us so we could see those beautiful teak decks. Worthless as **** on a boar hog in the modern Navy but I'm glad I got to sail along side her.
  • Mango TangoMango Tango Posts: 2,018 Captain
    She's a beast of a ship. Got to land on her half a dozen times during a med cruise in 1987. Lots of room to land an H3. We had heard that they had earlier tried shooting the big guns with an H3 parked on the back end. Several wind blown out.......bad idea. :huh
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