USS Iowa and Mothball fleet, Suisun Bay, California

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The battleship USS Iowa was launched in 1942 and deactivated for the final time in 1990. It is currently being kept in storage at Suisun Bay.

UPDATE - AUGUST 2011: Here is a set of more recent aerial photos of the Iowa, taken in August 2011. Enjoy!

prolix, jasmeet, cutangus, rrroger, and 28 other people added this photo to their favorites.

  1. Red Wing Fan Mike ages ago | reply

    An incredible piece of American history that I hope will become a restored museum someday.

  2. StocktonCVB 117 months ago | reply

    For the latest on Stockton, California's bid to be the final resting place of the USS Iowa visit

  3. Kevin 110 months ago | reply

    The links appear to be no longer valid- here is the Roanoke:

    ..and a couple others there:

    Andrew J. Higgins:

    And the account pointing to the IX-518/Proteus stuff is gone, here are a couple samples:

  4. Scott Stringham "Rustling Leaf Design" 106 months ago | reply

    Thanks for the Photo, the U.S.S Proteus was my first ship

  5. jackstetch 97 months ago | reply

    Suisun Bay is pronounced "Sah-soon" for reasons unknown. Kind of like the silent P in pool. Or the unpronounced H in Amherst. Or the silence of the lambs, or lambchops.

  6. deltaflotfan 84 months ago | reply

    Hi, I'm an admin for a group called Iowa Class Battleships, and we'd love to have this added to the group!

  7. Spaudo 84 months ago | reply

    Hi, I'm an admin for a group called AQUELLOS MAGNÍFICOS NAVIOS, and we'd love to have this added to the group!

  8. Tailothebank 84 months ago | reply

    I remember the USS Proteus from her days in the Holy Loch, Scotland. Thanks for this image.

  9. Konabish ~ Greg Bishop 79 months ago | reply

    UPDATE Feb. 28, 2010: The Port of Los Angeles has rejected a 16-page proposal by the Pacific Battleship Group to move IOWA to San Pedro, CA. The nearby city of Vallejo, CA has been seeking donations to move her to Mare Island for years.

    It is a very dark time for this proud warrior, which represents so much of this country's history.

    SEE NEW UPDATE BELOW.............

  10. Kevin 79 months ago | reply

    oh man. That's unfortunate news.

  11. Konabish ~ Greg Bishop 70 months ago | reply

    . . . . .Update on BB-61 Battleship IOWA: December, 2010:
    The Pacific Battleship Center's proposal to move Battleship IOWA to San Pedro,
    - Los Angeles Harbor - was submitted to the Navy in November 2010.
    The support is overwhelming, including the Los Angeles City Council and Port of Los Angeles Harbor Commission, which has allocated the prime berth 87 to IOWA -- the PBC's first choice out of a dozen proposed locations! Berth 87 sits on the main entrance to LA Harbor, right next to the cruise ship terminal, the SS Lane Victory museum ship, and within easy view of the Vincent Thomas Bridge!

    They are hoping to move IOWA by summer, 2011.
    You can follow the progress at

  12. deltaflotfan 70 months ago | reply

    Hope this works out. It'll give me a reason to go back to LA

  13. B&W Street Shooter 52 months ago | reply

    Today, June 2, 201,2 USS Iowa passed by Angel's Gate lighthouse and enterred the Port of Los Angeles and was secured to Peir 17, its final resting place in the city of San Pedro. The ship will be open July 7th, 2012 to the public.

  14. JSmooth1975 51 months ago | reply

    The Iowa should become a museum. FDR sailed on this ship.

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