The Korean Conflict:
On August 25, 1951, the USS IOWA was recommissioned for service due to the escalating tension occurring between the United States and Korea. For seven years, the Battleship IOWA had an active role in the Korean Conflict.
Conducted gun strikes against enemy supply routes in Wonson-Songjin area.
Joined Bomb Line
Joined bomb line to strike enemy troop concentrations, supply areas and suspected gun positions in vicinity of Suwon Dan and Kojo.
Bombardment in support of I ROK Corps, killing 100 enemy troops, destroying six gun emplacements and seriously damaging divisional headquarters.
Closes 4 Railroad Tunnels
Operating north of 38th Parallel, the USS IOWA closed four railroad tunnels near Tanchon.
Bombardment at Chongjin
In action against North Korean industrial and rail transportation center at Chongjin. Not since the USS MISSOURI bombarded Chongjin in November 1950, had a battleship operated that far north, just forty-eight miles from the Russian border. The USS IOWA effectively destroyed Chongjin’s industrial center.
Support X Corps
Again on bomb line in support of X Corps, followed by gun strikes on islands in Wonsan harbor.
Underway for Sasebo and replenishment.
Aids USS Thompson
Went to aid of destroyer USS THOMPSON off Songjin, taking aboard her casualties and covering her escape to safer waters.
Participated in Operation Decoy, an attempt to draw enemy troops under fire at Kojo.
Provided anti-aircraft support for the USS MOUNT MCKINLEY during Kojo action. During her Korean tour, the USS IOWA steamed more than 40,000 miles.
Serving as flagship of Second Fleet, USS IOWA was a participant in Operation Mariner, a major NATO exercise in Northern Europe.
In June, Midshipmen Cruise. Visited Barcelona, Spain and Portsmouth, England.
During April 13-15, the ship visited Havana Cuba.
Midshipmen Cruise Able
From June, the ship Visited Guantanamo Bay, Bermuda, Portsmouth, England, and Copenhagen, Denmark.
Captain F. Julian Becton USN Becomes Commanding Officer
Return to the Med
Returned to Mediterranean for duty with the Sixth Fleet.
Operation Strike Back
Participate in NATO’s Operation strike Back in North Atlantic. wikipedia