World War II battleship takes victory lap

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The last remaining World War II battleship recently embarked on her final journey.

During the Memorial Day weekend, the USS Iowa crossed San Francisco Bay and passed under the Golden Gate Bridge amid a celebration of the bridge’s 75th birthday.

Known as one of the most powerful battleships of all time, the USS Iowa was transferred by the Navy to the non-profit Pacific Battleship Center, which has been renovating the vessel in preparation for operating it as an interactive floating museum in the Port of Los Angeles, according to a statement from the Pacific Battleship Center.

The USS Iowa is 887 feet long, more than 15 stories high and weighs more than 45,000 tons. It’s known as the Battleship of Presidents because it hosted Franklin D. Roosevelt, Ronald Reagan and George H.W. Bush.

The ship will host a July 2-6 reunion of USS Iowa veterans, then celebrate its public grand opening on July 7.

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