Press Releases

BATTLESHIP IOWA TO OFFICIALLY RECEIVE $450K GRANT FROM TESORO CORPORATION TOWARDS DAY OF DISCOVERY PROGRAM

L.A. WATERFRONT, CA (February 27, 2017) – Pacific Battleship Center (PBC), Los Angeles Unified School District (LAUSD), Tesoro Foundation, and Councilman Joe Buscaino will hold a press conference on Thursday, March 2, 2017 at 2:00 p.m. to announce a generous $450,000 grant to expand the Day of Discovery Program aboard Battleship IOWA. The event is open to the public. The media is invited to cover.

Full Story  | Posted in PBC Press Release

Kettlebells and Alarmbells 911 Throwdown Event to Raise Funds for US Military & First Responders

L.A. WATERFRONT, CA (February 10, 2017) – The Battleship IOWA Museum will be the site of Kettlebells and Alarmbells 911 Throwdown, a fitness competition to celebrate and commemorate the brave men and women of the United States Military and First Responders. Black Knight Patrol and California Warrior Fit will host this event, Saturday, February 18, which is open for the public to view for free.

The competition begins at 8:00 a.m. and continues through 5:00 p.m., featuring cross fit training and a four-member team fitness relay. The public will have a chance to see just what it takes to be shape to handle some of the toughest and most dangerous work faced by the brave men and women of our military and emergency responders. Active military can participate in the competition for FREE, veterans and first responders for $100 entry fee, and the public for $150 entry fee. If you are interested in participating, please register at http://californiawarriorfit.wixsite.com/main/teams-sign-up.

Councilman Joe Buscaino of the 15th District will be participating with his team. Join the excitement and have a chance to compete against Team Buscaino and help support this great cause.

About California Warrior Fit

California Warrior Fit is a non-profit organization whose mission is to host quality fitness events and give back to those that serve our country. Proceeds from fitness events benefit military organizations and charities, as well as first responder organizations and charities. For more information please visit www.californiawarriorfit.com.

About Black Knight Patrol

Black Knight Patrol is a full service private security company located in San Pedro, CA. Founded by San Pedro native and United States Marine Corps veteran Manuel Jimenez. Black Knight Patrol hires only the most qualified candidates, including military veterans and former law enforcement officers. For more information please visit www.blackknightpatrol.com.

For information on these events and more, please visit www.pacificbattleship.com. 

Full Story  | Posted in PBC Press Release

4th ANNUAL VICE ADMIRAL GRAVELY LEADERSHIP & SERVICE AWARD TO BE PRESENTED

L.A. WATERFRONT, CA (February 15, 2017) – The 2017 Vice Admiral Samuel L. Gravely Leadership & Service Award, will be presented tomorrow, February 16, aboard Battleship IOWA to Mr. Antwone Fisher, screenwriter, poet, lecturer, and best-selling author. The award is presented by Pacific Battleship Center and recognizes African American leaders who exemplify the trailblazing, courageous service of the late U.S. Navy Vice Admiral.

Full Story  | Posted in PBC Press Release

BATTLESHIP IOWA MUSEUM TO CELEBRATE PRESIDENT’S DAY WITH LAUNCH OF NEWEST ATTRACTION

L.A. WATERFRONT, CA (February 13, 2017) –  On Monday, February 20, the public is invited to the Battleship IOWA Museum to celebrate President’s Day and be among the first to experience its newest interactive attraction: President Franklin D. Roosevelt’s returns to the ship he sailed on in 1943 to the Tehran Conference.

Full Story  | Posted in PBC Press Release

TESORO CORP. GIVES $450K GRANT FOR DAY OF DISCOVERY PROGRAM

L.A. WATERFRONT, CA (November 8, 2016) – Pacific Battleship Center (PBC) has received a generous grant of $450K from Tesoro Corporation in support of its Day of Discovery Program aboard Battleship IOWA.

“We are grateful for Tesoro’s generosity. It affords us the opportunity to do more outreach in the local community, reaching more children and providing unique educational services,” said Joshua Stutz, Education Programs Manager for the Battleship IOWA Museum.

The Battleship IOWA Museum hosts thousands of school students each year allowing them the opportunity to participate in STEM education programming in a real world maritime environment. As one of the museums most popular youth educational programs, Day of Discovery provides onsite activities that provide memorable learning experiences for the leaders of the future. The grant will help to expand STEM outreach over the next tree years.

“Tesoro is committed to collaborating with our stakeholders and community partners to provide cleaner and safer environments where we operate,” said Ken Dami, director of government and public affairs for Tesoro. “Enhancing students’ participation in STEM-related degrees and careers is a core part of our philanthropic mission, and we are proud to support the Pacific Battleship Center and its Day of Discovery program.”

PBC is currently looking to expand its educational programming by creating a new state-of-the-art, innovative Virtual Learning Center for students in 2017. Support from corporations and businesses, such as Tesoro, will greatly help make this a reality.

Battleship IOWA is the West Coast’s only Battleship open to the public. Operated by the nonprofit Pacific Battleship Center (PBC), the IOWA opened on July 7, 2012 as an interactive naval museum at the L.A. Waterfront. It is dedicated to “Celebrating the American Spirit” through the preservation and interpretation of the Battleship IOWA. By sharing the accomplishments and sacrifices of American patriots and engaging visitors in unique and exciting ways PBC bring the ship to life by connecting the past with the future.

Battleship IOWA is open to the public daily from 10:00 am to 4:00 pm. For more information on these events and more, please visit www.pacificbattleship.com.

Full Story  | Posted in PBC Press Release

BATTLESHIP IOWA NAMED "BUSINESS OF THE YEAR"

 

Battleship IOWA Named “Business of the Year”

by San Pedro Chamber

TripAdvisor also Lauds Battleship Museum for Strong Consumer Reviews

 

L.A. WATERFRONT, CA (June 10, 2014) – Pacific Battleship Center, the nonprofit that operates Battleship IOWA, was recognized as the 2014 “Business of the Year” in an announcement by the region’s leading business association. 

According to Elise Swanson, President/CEO of the San Pedro Chamber of Commerce, the historic naval ship museum was recognized for its “…successful launch of a major tourist attraction and its contributions to the economy of the LA Waterfront.”  

In just two full years at the Los Angeles Waterfront, Battleship IOWA has indeed made an impression.  “We have paid more than $10 million in local wages and payments to small businesses,” said Jonathan Williams, President/CEO of Pacific Battleship Center, “Hundreds of thousands of visitors have boarded IOWA—many of whom were first-time visitors to the LA Waterfront.”

Mr. Williams, who ran several companies as a small business entrepreneur before taking the IOWA’s helm in 2012, has generated buzz in the area for his relentless focus on regional marketing.  “We love his energy and his ideas!” exclaimed Ms. Swanson. 

The award will be presented during a luncheon at the 2014 Annual Business Awards & Installation Luncheon slated for Thursday, June 12, 2014 from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. at the Crowne Plaza Los Angeles Harbor Hotel in San Pedro.

Apparently the market backs up the Chamber’s take on IOWA’s success: In May, the ship was named Number 13 on the list of “Most Popular Things To Do in LA”, by TripAdvisor.  IOWA’s ranking outpolled Universal Studios and the Hollywood Bowl!  The ranking earned Battleship IOWA a “Certificate of Excellence” from the online consumer service.

About Battleship IOWA: Entering service more than 70 years ago, USS Iowa was immediately deployed to the South Pacific in the uncertain early years of World War II.  The iconic battleship served with distinction in that war, and later during the Korean War.  In the early 1990s, USS Iowa concluded her active duty as the Berlin Wall crumbled.  Battleship IOWA now serves as an historic naval ship museum.  Forged in war, guardian of the peace, the proud ship keeps watch as the stately sentinel of the LA Waterfront. 

IOWA’s teak decks and steel bulkheads echo the words and deeds of history: three U.S. Presidents, six of the nine American five-star military leaders, countless foreign dignitaries, and most importantly thousands of her own heroic IOWA sailors.  Visitors are awed by IOWA’s proud legacy as one of the fastest and most powerful ships ever to sail the world’s oceans.  Battleship IOWA is open to the public daily from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

Full Story  | Posted in PBC Press Release

HAHN, GARCETTI, BUSCAINO TO OPEN MEMORIAL DAY EVENT AT BATTLESHIP IOWA

Area’s Top Elected Officials will Dedicate Wreath during Ceremony

Full Story  | Posted in PBC Press Release

BATTLESHIP IOWA AWARDED $250,000 GRANT FOR FAMILY PROGRAM

CRAIL-JOHNSON FOUNDATION MAKES GIFT TO LAUNCH

OVERNIGHT STAYS FOR YOUTH AND FAMILIES

Full Story  | Posted in PBC Press Release

BATTLESHIP IOWA TO HOLD 9/11 OBSERVANCE IN HONOR OF FIRST RESPONDERS

BATTLESHIP IOWA TO HOLD 9/11 OBSERVANCE IN HONOR OF FIRST RESPONDERS 

L.A. WATERFRONT, CA (September 9, 2013) – Patriot Day 2013: Honoring the Fallen First Responders of 9/11, a moving commemoration observance of the 12th anniversary of 9/11 will take place aboard Battleship IOWA Wednesday, September 11. All first responders who attend will be welcome to tour the ship FREE of charge following the ceremony.

The memorial program will start at 8:00 am with a presentation of colors, followed by a reading of first responders names and a presentation of a ceremonial wreath. First responders killed on that tragic day 12 years ago totaled 411, which included 343 firefighters, 60 police officers and 8 private EMT/paramedics.

This event is part of Battleship IOWA Remembers, a series of events and celebrations presented by Pacific Battleship Center (PBC) aboard the iconic ship. This is part of PBC’s overall mission to “Celebrate the American Spirit” every day at Battleship IOWA, by sharing the accomplishments and sacrifices of American patriots and engaging visitors in unique and exciting ways that bring the ship to life by connecting the past with the future.

Battleship IOWA is open to the public from 10:00 am to 5:00 pm. For more information on the attraction, go to www.pacificbattleship.com

- more -

 

CALENDAR LISTING:

Please post the following on your calendar through September 11, 2013:

WHAT:         Patriot Day 2013: Honoring the Fallen First Responders of 9/11

WHEN:         Wednesday, September 11 at 8:00 am

WHERE:       Battleship IOWA

250 South Harbor Boulevard

San Pedro, CA  90731

 COST:         Commemoration ceremony FREE.

Tours:

FREE for all First Responders

$18 Adults

$10 Youth                 

$15 Seniors


 

E1712B5C-3EFD-41D0-A420-B7E811D65B51

Full Story  | Posted in PBC Press Release

NEWLY DISCOVERED PHOTO OFFERS CLUES TO BATTLESHIP ADAPTATIONS FOR FDR TRIP TO WARTIME CONFERENCE

NEWLY DISCOVERED PHOTO OFFERS CLUES TO BATTLESHIP ADAPTATIONS FOR FDR TRIP TO WARTIME CONFERENCE 

Elevator specially built for top-secret voyage revealed in rare, declassified photograph

L.A. WATERFRONT, CA (September 4, 2013) – Seventy years after President Franklin Delano Roosevelt’s voyage aboard Battleship IOWA to the Tehran Conference, a rare photograph has surfaced showing how the ship was adapted for the wheelchair-bound wartime leader. According to historians, the image clearly indicates the specially built elevator that transported FDR between decks on the iconic warship. 

FDR sailed aboard Battleship IOWA to confer with British Prime Minister Winton Churchill and Soviet Premier Joseph Stalin in November 1943. The allied leaders met for the first time as the “Big Three” at Tehran. It was at this conference that the plans were finalized for the D-Day invasion the following June, and where General Dwight D. Eisenhower was named Supreme Allied Commander of the Normandy invasion.

“Finding anything from this trip is significant to the ship’s heritage,” said David Way, Battleship IOWA museum curator. “A photo of the elevator is particularly important because it shows how extensively IOWA was modified to accommodate President Roosevelt on his voyage to the Tehran Conference.” Way is currently working with the National Archives to secure official authentication of the photograph, and to conduct additional research.

In the photograph, the elevator shaft is seen just forward of amidships on the starboard side. The photograph also shows Battleship IOWA bristling with armament in its original WWII configuration –150 barrels of various sizes (including the 16” main guns) are brandished along the ship’s decks. 

Little is known of this top-secret journey through perilous German U-boat patrol zones, so the rarity of the photography speaks volumes. To maintain complete secrecy, no cameras were allowed on the ship and no known records of the elevator’s construction have ever been located.

According to the declassified document, the photograph was taken November 12, 1943 from a Navy dirigible assigned to Blimp Squadron 14  (ZP14-4069) based at the Naval Air Station in Weeksville, North Carolina. Also known as “The African Squadron,” the blimps mission was to provide anti-submarine reconnaissance for the surface fleet. The photograph was immediately tagged “Confidential” and its existence unknown until it was declassified in 1964.

Author L. Douglas Keeney discovered the photograph at the Navy Bureau of Aeronautics Library while researching his upcoming book “Ten Days to Tehran,” which recounts this historic voyage. Once the photograph is officially authenticated it will be included in the ship’s permanent collection and exhibited in Battleship IOWA’s Captain’s Cabin. This compartment was modified for FDR with larger hatches, an enclosed veranda deck space, and the only bathtubs ever installed on a United States Naval warship for a U.S. President. All currently featured on the public tour now open daily from 10:00 am to 5:00 pm.

The Pacific Battleship Center (PBC), the nonprofit organization that operates Battleship IOWA, is developing plans to improve access for guests needing assistance.  “Nothing is more heartbreaking than to turn away WWII veterans and other service members who are unable to safely board,” said Jonathan Williams, President of PBC. “This project will honor President Roosevelt, IOWA’s more famous crewmember.”


###

Full Story  | Posted in PBC Press Release

Archive

January
March
April
May
June
July
August
September
October
November
December

Categories

Pacific Battleship Center
250 S. Harbor Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90731