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A Cargo Law Day of American Pride

The Date: Jane 9 2012

The Time: 13:00 Local

The Place: The Port of Los Angeles


"Final Voyage of The Big Stick"

USS Iowa (BB-61)

On The Scene -- Port of Los Angeles

Los Angeles, California

June 9 2012


USS Iowa In Active Days

USS Iowa (BB-61)
USS Iowa (BB-61)

Class and type: Iowa-class battleship

Displacement: 45,000 tons

Length: 887 ft 3 in (270.43 m)

Beam: 108 ft 2 in (32.97 m)

Draft: 37 ft 2 in (11.33 m)

Speed: 33 kn (38 mph; 61 km/h)

Complement: 151 officers, 2637 enlisted


Belt: 12.1 in (307.3 mm)

Bulkheads: 11.3 in (287.0 mm)

Barbettes: 11.6 to 17.3 in (294.6 to 439.4 mm)

Turrets: 19.7 in (500 mm)

Decks: 7.5 in (190.50 mm)



9 16 in (406 mm)/50 cal Mark 7 guns

20 5 in (127.0 mm)/38 cal Mark 12 guns

80 40 mm/56 cal anti-aircraft guns

49 20 mm/70 cal anti-aircraft cannons


9 16 in (406 mm)/50 cal Mark 7 guns

12 5 in (127.0 mm)/38 cal Mark 12 guns

32 BGM-109 Tomahawk cruise missiles

16 RGM-84 Harpoon Anti-Ship missiles

4 20 mm/76 cal Phalanx CIWS

Aircraft carried:

floatplanes, helicopters, UAVs
The Prolog To A Day of American Pride


Today one of America's treasures became a permanent feature in the Port of Los Angeles.

Today, USS Iowa became the Pacific Battleship Center.

Her nickname was the "Big Stick." To quote President Teddy Roosevelt, "Speak Softy And Carry A Big Stick." For over 60 years now USS Iowa has indeed been "The Biggest American of Sticks."

USS Iowa (BB-61) was the lead ship of her class of battleship and the fourth in the United States Navy to be named in honor of the 29th state. Owing to the cancellation of the Montana-class battleships, Iowa is the last lead ship of any class of United States battleships, and was the only ship of her class to have served in the Atlantic Ocean during World War II.

During World War II, she carried President Franklin D. Roosevelt across the Atlantic to Casablanca en route to a crucial 1943 meeting in Tehran with British Prime Minister Winston Churchill and Soviet leader Joseph Stalin. She has a bathtub&emdash; an amenity installed for Roosevelt, along with an elevator to shuttle him between decks.[1]

When transferred to the Pacific Fleet in 1944, Iowa shelled beachheads at Kwajalein and Eniwetok in advance of Allied amphibious landings and screened aircraft carriers operating in the Marshall Islands. She also served as the Third Fleet flagship, flying Adm. William F. Halsey's flag at the Japanese surrender in Tokyo Bay.

During the Korean War, Iowa was involved in raids on the North Korean coast, after which she was decommissioned into the United States Navy reserve fleets, better known as the "mothball fleet."

USS Iowa was reactivated in 1984 as part of the 600-ship Navy plan, and operated in both the Atlantic and Pacific Fleets to counter the recently expanded Soviet Navy. The vessel was completely modernized, receiving the latest in electronics, communications, gunnery & weapons. The Big Stick received under deck batteries of Harpoon cruise missiles and four batteries of Phalanx close in protection weapons.

In April 1989, an explosion of undetermined origin wrecked her #2 gun turret, killing 47 sailors.

USS Iowa was decommissioned for the last time in 1990, and was initially struck from the Naval Vessel Register in 1995.

USS Iowa was reinstated from 1999 to 2006 to comply with federal laws that required retention and maintenance of two Iowa-Class Battleships. In 2011. She will remain in the U.S. Naval Reserve Fleet for a couple of more years.

USS Iowa was donated to the Los Angeles-based nonprofit Pacific Battleship Center and is now permanently moved to the Port of Los Angeles to serve as a museum and memorial to battleships.

On June 9 2012, Byron Countryman & Michael McDaniel, your editor, of the Countryman & McDaniel law firm were granted the once in a lifetime honor of being aboard S/V Irving Johnson, Official Escort of USS Iowa into the Port of Los Angeles and her permanent new home as the Pacific Battleship Center

There are few historic moments like this one.

This feature deals will again highlight the concept ---"Ship Happens! ©" Be it Navy or commercial -- you need the protection of quality marine cargo insurance.

Michael S. McDaniel - Your Editor

From The Cargo Letter
The USS Iowa entered Los Angeles harbor June after making its likely final voyage in open water. Tugboats guided the ship through the narrow Angel's Gate harbor entrance, as the U.S. Coast Guard enforced a 100-yard safety zone around it.

The Pacific Battleship Center spent two years and US$7M to refurbish and buy and the ship from the U.S. Navy, which had mothballed the Iowa in the Bay Area for the last 20 years.

The 70-year-old battleship, which is 887 feet long and weighs 58,000 tons, will become a floating museum, slated to open July 7. It will include interactive tours, allowing visitors to experience life at sea during active duty. Admission to the museum will be $18 for the general public, $15 for retired members of the military, and $10 for those between 6 and 17 years old.

Local leaders hope the ship will mean a big economic boost to the area.

"We expect there to be at least 400,000 people coming to the USS Iowa every year, which would be a huge impact on the Port of Los Angeles, the city of L.A. and the San Pedro area," said Damian Jones with the Pacific Battleship Center.

The Iowa saw battle during World War II and the Korean War. Former President Franklin D. Roosevelt also traveled on the vessel.

The length of three football fields and the height of 15-story building, on June 9 2012 the USS Iowa began its reign as an impressive presence at the Port of Los Angeles. The decommissioned World War II-era battleship berthed at the port after a years-long struggle from supporters to get her to San Pedro.

USS Iowa Passes Under The Golden Gate Bridge & Out of San Francisco On Saturday, May 26, 2012

She Is Leaving The U.S. Navy Reserve Fleet At Richmond, CA Bound For The Port of Los Angeles

S/V Irving Johnson And Her Sister S/V Exy Johnson Are Designated The "Official Tall Ships And Maritime Ambassadors of the City of Los Angeles"

Owned & Operated By The Los Angeles Maritime Institute, They Will Officially Escort USS Iowa Into The Port of Los Angeles

S/V Irving Johnson Will Lead The Parade of USS Iowa Into The Port of Los Angeles To Her Final Berth

Byron Countryman & Michael McDaniel of The Countryman & McDaniel Law Firm

Byron Serves On The Los Angeles Maritime Institute Board of Directors

Excited To Board S/V Irving Johnson For The Escorting of USS Iowa

Sailing Out To Meet USS Iowa For Her Final Voyage

S/V Irving Johnson  & S/V Exy Johnson
Designated the "Official Tall Ships and Maritime Ambassadors of the City of Los Angeles" at their launch in 2002, these 90-foot wooden vessels are charged with giving tens of thousands of young people the opportunity to experience self-discovery, life changing adventure and education found only on a tall ship at sea.

Built to last 100 years, the state-of-the-art brigantine design is based on TopSail founder Jim Gladson's decades of experience with adolescent education and youth sail training programs, years of valuable experience gained from the Los Angeles Maritime Institute's first vessel, S/V Swift of Ipswich, and discussions with sail training experts throughout the world.

Purpose-built by the Institute to meet or exceed all U.S. Coast Guard requirements, the brigantines are named in honor of the late Captain Irving and Electa "Exy" Johnson, character-building sail training pioneers and seven-time circumnavigators with youth

M/V Warner L. Lawrence (commonly called Fireboat 2) Leads The Parade Into Port of Los Angeles

Our Approach To USS Iowa

This Day Will Happen Only Once

Marshalled By Four Crowley Tugs, BB-61 Enters Port of Los Angeles

USS Iowa is A Towering Presence

The USS Iowa Procession Is Flanked By A WW II PT Boat

Video of The Event
USS Iowa Sails From San Francisco

Arrival At Los Angeles

Aboard USS Iowa For The Final Voyage

Tall Ships S/V Irving Johnson & S/V Exy Johnson Escort USS Iowa

Tricky Maneuver As USS Iowa Enters The Turning Basin And Makes A 360 Degree Turn To Approach Berth 86

Collective Breaths Are Held As BB-61 Just Clears The Vincent Thomas Bridge

The Original Plan Was To Tow USS Iowa Into Port - Stern First

The Los Angeles Maritime Maritime Institute Objected To The Stern First Plan, Considered Undignified For The Great Lady

Thus The Los Angeles Maritime Institute Called For This Tricky 360 Degree Rotation At The Turning Basin To Bring Her In Bow First

USS Iowa Cleared The Vincent Thomas Bridge And Moved To Berth 87

After All The Years, This Is Not A Museum, This Is America's History

S/V Irving Johnson And USS Iowa End The Parade At Berth 87

This Was A Liftime Moment For Byron & McD of Countryman & McDaniel

USS Iowa, Now The Pacific Battleship Center At Berth 87, Post of Angeles

 16 Inch Naval Rifles, Capable of Launching A Volkswagen Bug Equivalent Weight Over 23 Miles

The "Big Stick" Transiting The Panama Canal, 10 Aug. 1984

USS Iowa (BB-61) Flanked By USS Long Beach (CGN-9)


USS Iowa - Last of Her Breed 

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The Dedication of This Feature Is Simple: To All Thise Who Have Served In USS Iowa, And Their Families.

SPECIAL NOTE: The historic dangers of carriage by air & sae continue to be quite real. Shippers must be encouraged to purchase high quality marine cargo insurance from their freight forwarder or customs broker

It's very dangerous out there.


USS Iowa

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It's very dangerous out there.

Thanks To Our Contributor For The "Final Voyage of The Big Stick" Feature

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