The Cold War:
During the ambiguity of the Cold War, the USS IOWA practiced various training exercises and drills before heading to sea to monitor the United States’ southern coastline in case of an attack.
Captain Gerald E. Gneckow, USN Becomes Commanding Officer
In May, two weeks refresher training at Guantanamo Bay.
Off Vieques island, Puerto Rico, for NGFS qualifications for IOWA’s 16-inch and 5-inch batteries.
UH-1 Helicopters Used
Two US Army UH-1 helicopters from USS IOWA were used when medical and dental assistance was needed in Guatemala.
SAR communications drill
Surveillance in Nicaragua
Engaged in surveillance of thirteen miles of Nicaraguan coast in conjunction with embassy contingency communication exercises.
Back Through the Canal
Nicaraguan surveillance completed and USS IOWA returned to Balboa, Panama for trip back through canal.
Arrived in Norfolk
Week long visit to New York
In port Norfolk
Month of January
Battenburg Cup Award
Received Battenburg Cup Award as best all-around ship in Atlantic Fleet for 1984.
BALTOPS 85 Begins
Underway for Baltic Operations (BALTOPS) 85 in Baltic Sea. Part of US Task Unit conducting multilateral exercises with allied vessels in Baltic area.
BALTOPS 85 Concludes
BALTOPS 85 concluded with USS IOWA in port at Kiel, West Germany.
Preparing for INSURV/UMI
In Norfolk for preparations for INSURV/UMI and final contract trials. In Central America as peaceful presence in support of friendly countries.
Fired 1000th round of 16-inch ammunition
USS IOWA fired 1,000th round of 16-inch ammunition since being recommissioned in 1984.
A view of the breach end of the center Mark 7 16-inch/50-caliber gun inside the No. 2 turret aboard the battleship Iowa (BB-61) on 14 December 1986. Loaded in the gun is what will be the 1,000th round fired by the Iowa’s 16-inch guns since the ship’s recommissioning.
Departed Norfolk en route to Caribbean.
Participated in exercise BLASTEX 1-87 in Caribbean.
Operations in Caribbean with port visits in Honduras, Columbia and Virgin Islands.
Departed Guantanamo Bay
Departed Guantanamo Bay for gunnery exercises at Vieques Island, Puerto Rico.
Departed Norfolk en route to Caribbean
Conducted SACEX in Puerto Rican operations area
Arrive Yorktown Naval Weapons Center for loading ammunition.
Arrive Norfolk. In Service restricted availability (SRA).
Departed Norfolk en route to Mediterranean
Began North Sea operations
Arrived Trondheim, Norway
Transited Suez Canal
Arrival in Diego Garcia
Arrived Diego Garcia to commence Persian Gulf Presence Operations.
Departed Diego Garcia
Depart Diego Garcia for operations in the Indian Ocean and North Arabian Sea.
In Gulf of Oman
In Gulf of Oman. Operations included escorting convoys through the southern Strait of Hormuz and protecting convoy assembly areas off Masirah Island and Muscat, Oman.
Arrival in Norfolk
Going to Fleet Week
Departed Norfolk en route to New York City to celebrate “Fleet Week” 21-25 of April.
En Route to Yorktown
En route to Yorktown Naval Weapons Station for off load of ammunition, prior-to entering Norfolk Naval shipyard for SRA (25 April-23 August)
Sea Trials, Virginia Capes Operating Area
Arrived Guantanamo Bay
Arrived Guantanamo Bay, Cuba for Refresher Training
En Route to St. Martin
En route St. Martin, operating with units of the standing Naval Forces, Atlantic.
Fired the Longest 16-inch Round
USS IOWA fired the longest 16-inch round in history at Vieques Island. The projectile traveled 23.4 NM for a first round hit on target.
En Route to New Orleans
En route to New Orleans for port visit (5-9 February).
May 30 until June 2
Ammunition loaded at Whisky Island Anchorage.
Underway for Northern Europe and Mediterranean. During this deployment, USS IOWA traveled 30,983 NM and crossed eight time zones. Port visits included: Kiel, West Germany; Portsmouth, England: Rota, Spain; Casablanca, Morocco; Gibraltar; Marseille, France; Antalya, Turkey; Gaeta, Italy; Istanbul, Turkey; Haifa, Israel; Alexandria, Egypt; Ajaccio, Corsica; Augusta Bay, Sicily; Naples, Italy and Palma, Mallorca.
En Route Norfolk
During this transit, last 16-inch round fired, giving USS IOWA a total of 2,873 rounds fired since 1984 recommissioning. Since USS IOWA’s initial commissioning date in 1943, a total of 11,834 16-inch rounds fired.