Future Planned Tours of USS Iowa
USS IOWA will be an interactive tour experience that will allow the visitor to experience what life at sea on board Battleship IOWA was like during active duty. All tours may not be active when the ship opens in 2012. Tours will be updated and phased as the ships goes through further refurbishment.
The General Battleship Tour
This tour is primarily a brief overview of the major spaces aboard USS IOWA including:
- The Officers’ Wardroom
- Captain’s Quarters
- Main Gun Turret
- Command Engagement Center (CEC)
- Secondary 5" Gun Mount
- Main Bridge
- Anti-Missile Battery “CWIS”
- Tomahawk Cruise Missile Armored Box Launchers
- Anti-Ship Harpoon Missile Launchers
- The Crew's Galley and Mess Deck.
Main Gun Tour
This tour is designed to show how the Main Guns operate and takes the guest deep into the 16" Gun Turret, Powder Magazines, Combat Information Center, Combat Engagement Center, Main Battery Plotting Room and the main 16" gun director.
Secondary Weapons and Missile Tour
This tour focuses in detail on all of the battleship's defensive and offensive weapon systems excluding the 16" Main Guns. This tour includes:
- The 5” Gun Mounts / Magazines / Directors
- 20mm CWIS Close In Weapons System
- Harpoon Anti-Ship Missile System
- Tomahawk Land Attack Missile Systems
- Electronic and Chaff Countermeasure Systems
- Aft Secondary Battery Plotting Room.
Engineering and Armor Tour
This tour shows the technological advances that allowed the IOWA Class to have great all around speed, protection and firepower. The tour includes details of all armored deck and vital protected spaces including a trip to the Steering Gear Rooms deep into the battleship's stern.
The tour also includes a trek down "Broadway" into the Engine and Turbine Rooms, the Boiler Rooms, the Emergency Generator Rooms and Damage Control Central. The Armored Bridge: 17.5" Class A armored Conning Station entrance on the Bridge gives the guest an idea how protected the USS IOWA really is.
Special Spaces Tour
This tour is designed to give the guest a look into life aboard the battleship for Officers, Petty Officers and the crew. Spaces on the tour include the Executive Officer's Cabin, Medical and Dental Spaces, Post Office, Machine Workshops, Gymnasium, Conning Station, Captain's Sea Cabin, Flag Officer's Bridge, Television Studio, Helicopter Control Center, Chaplain Complex, Main Deck Radio Room, Crew Library, CPO Areas, Barber Shop, Brig, Bakery, Crew Galley and Ship’s Store.
ADA Accesibility Plan
One elevator will be installed from Main Deck to one deck below for access to the main exhibit areas, the Galley and Mess Decks. Another elevator will be installed for access to the Captain's Quarters, which were used by President Franklin Roosevelt. However, the ship must remain intact in case of a national crisis and no armor can be cut, therefore inaccessible spaces for less-able persons will be able to be viewed from the theater as a "Virtual Tour". The Main Deck and Mess Deck restrooms have already been designed and will be upgraded for disabled / ADA access.