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Your safe visit to the Battleship USS Iowa museum is our utmost priority.  We have implemented numerous measures for in-person tours that adhere to Los Angeles County public health guidelines.  A few of the measures include:

  • Limited capacity and physical distancing.
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  • Face coverings are required for all guests and crew.
  • Non-essential personnel are working remotely.
  • Daily temperature checks for all crew working onboard.
  • Signage promoting social distancing and hand washing.
  • New virtual options to experience the museum.

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Ambassador Rob O’Brien Speech Part 3. Final part of Ambassador O’Brien’s speech.

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Ambassador Rob O’Brien Speech Part 2. Part 2 of Ambassador Rob O’Brien’s speech on #freedomoftheseas

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Ambassador Rob O’Brien Speech Part 1. Our final honoree at last night’s celebration was Freedom of the Seas award winner Ambassador Rob O’Brien. He gave an insightful and fascinating speech of the state of safety on the world’s oceans today. Here is part 1.

The National Museum of the Surface Navy would like to thank our honorees and guests for attending and spending time with us, our generous sponsors for making this incredible evening possible, and the phenomenal staff, crew, and board of Battleship IOWA who dedicated hard work and heart to make this event spectacular. Semper Gumby, BB-61!

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Finishing the evening, Freedom of the Seas award winner Ambassador Rob O’Brien.

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Global Trade and Communications Award. Global Trade and Communications Award recipient UPS acceptance by Bruce MacRae.

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The Battle of Leyte Gulf. RADM Samuel J. Cox, USN (Ret) describes the Battle of Leyte Gulf, whose anniversary is part of what we’re honoring this evening.

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Humanitarian Service Award winner LosAngeles Mayor Eric Garcetti. #FreedomoftheSeas Humanitarian Service Award winner Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti.

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Admiral Michelle Howard at the Freedom of the Seas awards. Live from the #FreedomoftheSeas awards, Gravely Award winner Admiral Michelle Howard, USN (Ret).

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Here we go! Kicking off FREEDOM OF THE SEAS weekend with the Surface Navy Association awards luncheon.

Excited to host this event. Congratulations to all the winners for their impressive accomplishments and inspiring service.

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Who's joining us for our Halloween STEMebration? We've got fun lined up! Saturday, Oct. 30 from 6-9 PM. We'll see you here!

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We've been talking ten year anniversary memories, and we have a fun one for you today. COO Mike Getscher describes what was happening at this time in 2011:

"Revisiting the basics, the first tow for IOWA was a two-day effort on the 27th and 28th of October in 2011. The dates were driven by the tidal cycle of the region, which was a critical issue given our max draft of nearly 33 feet and the shallow water in the area. We had bathymetry or echo soundings of the tow path performed about a week before the tow which showed that we had inches of clearance under our rudders or perhaps even less. So at this point in time, we were scrambling to prepare the ship for tow, while simultaneously convincing the various jurisdictions that we were ready, making final contract arrangements with the tow company and port pilots, and assuring everyone that the bathymetry was ok.

"During this time, we were also busy recovering at least one anchor, pulling mooring lines out of the sail locker, and convincing the marine surveyors and Coast Guard that we were ready to go. The anchor evolutions were especially exciting as we started up machinery which hadn’t been used in ten years. After a little smoke and flame in the anchor windlass room, we were able to recover our port anchor along with 8 shots of chain. (Do we remember what a shot is?) But the starboard anchor had to come later due to a crane barge problem at the MARAD facility."

Here's a short compilation of footage from the day we raised the Mighty I's port anchor.

You can follow our ten year anniversary journey on our YouTube channel (Battleship USS IOWA Museum) and if you'd like to support our next ten years, hit up the donate link in our bio.

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BB-61 charging across the Atlantic at something over 30 knots back in 1987 is about how your battleship crew is feeling as we prep for our Freedom of the Seas gala this coming weekend. Full speed ahead - let's go!

We'll be at full dress ship for the weekend. Come check out our girl sporting all her finery. Check the link tree in our bio for tickets.

📷 from Michael McEnteggart

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What’s happening around the ship and what’s up next? Hit up our Weekly Updates highlight for the latest from CEO Jonathan Williams!

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Throwback Thursday! We're about to blow up an urban myth.

IOWA does NOT slip sideways when she fires her main battery. The guns recoil almost four feet into pits inside her turrets. The disturbance you see in the water is the pressure wave from their blast.

Want more amazing facts about the mindboggling physics behind this engineering marvel? Come take a tour! Link for tickets in bio.

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Our final 2021 Freedom of the Seas awardee we're highlighting is @ups .

Presented to UPS for the heroic service provided by the company and its employees during the COVID-19 pandemic, the Global Trade and Communications Award recognizes leaders in commercial shipping and communications that embody a core principle of the Surface Navy in utilizing the ocean for the benefit of the free world. UPS has delivered more than half a billion COVID-19 vaccines to communities around the globe, in addition to personal protective equipment, ultra-low-temperature freezers, oxygen concentrators and ventilators. UPS Healthcare’s specialized logistics services helped a laboratory accelerate the processing of COVID-19 diagnostic tests from 20 to 9,300 tests per day, and The UPS Foundation has committed more than $20 million in funding and in-kind aid to advance pandemic response and recovery efforts.

To learn more about the Freedom of the Seas awards and to purchase a ticket go to the link in our bio.

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This Halloween season, come aboard Battleship IOWA for FREE to enjoy candy, games, crafts, and more!

Come in costume and trick or treat at our candy stations, play carnival games to collect Halloween Vicky the Dog stickers, and apply fun science concepts while building your own light-up wand, flying a spooky kite, and launching a spider rocket! Family friendly Halloween movies will be playing on the media wall at the stern of the ship and IOWA crew members will be sharing spooky story books throughout the night.

Battleship IOWA's Halloween STEMebration will take place Saturday October 30th from 6pm - 10pm. No need to sign up - just come on down!

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