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namvet
05-19-2012, 03:18 PM
http://twincities.slideshowpro.com/albums/047/481/album-328693/cache/ussiowa-0512-087.sJPG_900_540_0_95_1_50_50.sJPG

the USS Iowa departs Richmond CA tomorrow for its trip to LA. Pacific battleship has provided tracking info

http://www.pacificbattleship.com/page/track

txradioguy
05-19-2012, 05:04 PM
Shame to see Big I go into museum status...this grunt is one that still thinks we should keep one of the BB's on active status. I think they could still serve a useful purpose.

Starbuck
05-19-2012, 08:36 PM
Sorry to see her put away, but she will always be safe.

Iowa; New Jersey; Wisconsin....when I was stationed in Philadelphia during the summer of '65 they were all tied up together at the entrance of the naval base.
What a sight!:adoration:

namvet
05-23-2012, 10:32 AM
im just glad she's been saved from the wrecking ball. she's now got a permanent home. the frisco libs have been trying for years to "dispose" of her. we just saved a piece of history. her move to LA has been delayed by bad weather. the sooner she's outta there the better.

Bailey
05-23-2012, 10:59 AM
im just glad she's been saved from the wrecking ball. she's now got a permanent home. the frisco libs have been trying for years to "dispose" of her. we just saved a piece of history. her move to LA has been delayed by bad weather. the sooner she's outta there the better.

Only those idiots would dispose of a piece of American History.

Bailey
05-23-2012, 11:00 AM
Shame to see Big I go into museum status...this grunt is one that still thinks we should keep one of the BB's on active status. I think they could still serve a useful purpose.

I was on a tour of the USS New Jersey and I asked a tour guide if they needed these ships again could the be fixed up and he said yes in a matter of 9 months or so. Someone must want these old gals to fight again :)

Zathras
05-23-2012, 11:24 AM
I was on a tour of the USS New Jersey and I asked a tour guide if they needed these ships again could the be fixed up and he said yes in a matter of 9 months or so. Someone must want these old gals to fight again :)

Or, if you've seen the movie Battleship, in a day with 50 men as long as they've served onboard her. :lol:

Starbuck
05-23-2012, 11:50 AM
im just glad she's been saved from the wrecking ball.............

It would have to be some kinda serious wreaking ball!:biggrin-new:

No, I'm pretty sure the wreaking ball would give up and destroy itself against one of these beauties....

namvet
05-23-2012, 12:41 PM
for some reason im not receiving any emails from this forum. gotta see if it can be fixed !!!

namvet
05-23-2012, 12:47 PM
I was on a tour of the USS New Jersey and I asked a tour guide if they needed these ships again could the be fixed up and he said yes in a matter of 9 months or so. Someone must want these old gals to fight again :)

so would I. the NJ served with us in Nam. we had to send her home. these ole gals were built for war time economy. she was costing us a million bucks a day just to keep her afloat and operating. we simply didn't have enough support ships to keep her going. I wondered why they could not convert them to nuke power. guess it was impractical ??? they're a great way to show the flag. and very intimidating

Bailey
05-23-2012, 01:47 PM
so would I. the NJ served with us in Nam. we had to send her home. these ole gals were built for war time economy. she was costing us a million bucks a day just to keep her afloat and operating. we simply didn't have enough support ships to keep her going. I wondered why they could not convert them to nuke power. guess it was impractical ??? they're a great way to show the flag. and very intimidating

You know whats sad? We prolly couldn't make something like that anymore. Could you picture a BB up to date? That would be impressive.

txradioguy
05-23-2012, 03:16 PM
so would I. the NJ served with us in Nam. we had to send her home. these ole gals were built for war time economy. she was costing us a million bucks a day just to keep her afloat and operating. we simply didn't have enough support ships to keep her going. I wondered why they could not convert them to nuke power. guess it was impractical ??? they're a great way to show the flag. and very intimidating

I think they'd be a great asset in the anti-piracy efforts off the coast of Somalia.

namvet
05-23-2012, 03:32 PM
You know whats sad? We prolly couldn't make something like that anymore. Could you picture a BB up to date? That would be impressive.

I don't know. they should still have the plans and everything to do it. imagine Iowa # 5. nuke powered and upgraded with the latest fire control and electronics. they were the best weapons platform ever built

namvet
05-23-2012, 03:33 PM
I think they'd be a great asset in the anti-piracy efforts off the coast of Somalia.

great target practice

Bailey
05-23-2012, 04:37 PM
I don't know. they should still have the plans and everything to do it. imagine Iowa # 5. nuke powered and upgraded with the latest fire control and electronics. they were the best weapons platform ever built

Park a few of those off the coast of Iran and see what would happen

namvet
05-26-2012, 11:43 PM
http://oi48.tinypic.com/11t4opt.jpg

the Iowa left Richmond CA this morning. this is from the streaming vid I watched. she's being towed by a tug called warrior


http://oi46.tinypic.com/2ni1c45.jpg

http://oi49.tinypic.com/5e5ykj.jpg

Scratchy
05-26-2012, 11:59 PM
a worse fate could have befallen her. she could have been scrapped. the WWII enterprise was scrapped, and there is probably no more a sacred warship than her.

fettpett
05-27-2012, 05:04 AM
You know whats sad? We prolly couldn't make something like that anymore. Could you picture a BB up to date? That would be impressive.

USS Wisconsin was used during Gulf War 1 in 92. used her to launch cruise missiles into Iraq. The problem with BB's is that they have been oboslete since WW2 with the advent of Carriers and have always been expensive to build and maintain. Thus why the Treaty of Washington after WW2 limited tonnage of BB's but not carriers or smaller ships. post WW2 their only real role can be taken over by smaller cheaper ships

namvet
05-27-2012, 10:30 AM
you can track her thru Pacific battleship here. the map refresh's:

http://www.pacificbattleship.com/page/track


http://oi45.tinypic.com/2m2c9b6.jpg

http://oi49.tinypic.com/swv94x.jpg

this is an intimidating photo

Chuck58
05-27-2012, 08:38 PM
I was on a tour of the USS New Jersey and I asked a tour guide if they needed these ships again could the be fixed up and he said yes in a matter of 9 months or so. Someone must want these old gals to fight again :)

They're obsolete in today's world; they're expensive to run, but we always seem to find a need for them and nothing says power like a battleship.