The 'last' Battleship
Though the even-larger Montana class were designed and ordered, four of the Iowas were the last battleships ever completed for U.S. Navy service. They were also arguably the Navy's most successful battleship design and certainly had the longest service lives. The IOWA is the last of the IOWA-class battleships to find a home.
UPDATE -- Sept. 6, 2011 !!! San Pedro, California IS IOWA's new home!!
The U.S. Navy approves the transfer to Pacific Battleship Center!!
UPDATE -- July 7, 2012 -- Iowa is open to the public www.pacificbattleship.com