U.S.S. Iowa Celebrates 70 Years

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-- The U.S.S. Iowa is celebrating turning 70.

The Iowa was first commissioned on February 22, 1943. During World War II, she carried President Franklin D. Roosevelt across the Atlantic to a crucial 1943 meeting with British Prime Minister Winston Churchill and Soviet leader Josef Stalin. She's the only navy ship with a bathtub and elevator, which were installed for President Roosevelt's use.

The Iowa, sometimes called "The Battleship" of presidents for having hosted Presidents Franklin Roosevelt, Ronald Reagan and George H. W. Bush.

She served the U.S. from World War II through the Korean War and was decommissioned twice, the last time was in October of 1990.

In 2011,  Iowa was donated to the non-profit Pacific Battleship Center and was permanently moved to the Port of Los Angeles and was opened to the public to serve as a museum and memorial battleships.

The Iowa was decommissioned with 11 battle star commendations. 

Sunday the Iowa was giving a military salute to kick off celebrations of the USS Iowa's 70 years.

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