Iowa Archives
11:00 pm
Thu September 4, 2008

The U.S.S. Iowa

Firing the 16 inch guns moves the ship sideways.
Firing the 16 inch guns moves the ship sideways.
Credit USS Iowa Veterans Association

Sounds from 1945 to 1991, from around the world. The USS Iowa was the first of the mighty "Iowa Class" battleships that projected America's global military power for more than a half century. Their potent, 16-inch guns made them the greatest fighting ship of all time. She opened as a museum in 2012 at the Port of Los Angeles. Historic sound from the State Historical Society and You Tube.