What is the most powerful American battleship?

What is the most powerful American battleship?

The USS Iowa is the most powerful battleship built by the US or any country. Even the mighty Yamato did not have the speed to keep up with her and Yamato’s armor would not keep her safe before she could come into firing range.

Yamato armor tested with USS Iowa’s guns on display at U.S. Naval Museum : Clearly Yamato would have been in trouble

We sit down with the Curator of the USS Iowa, Dave Way to learn more about this amazing battleship!

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MAY 12, 2012. RICHMOND, CA. David Way, Tour Manager and Curator with the Pacific Battleship Center stands at the ship’s bell on the bow of the U.S.S. Iowa in Richmond, CA, on May 12, 2012. The Huntington Beach resident has been living on the ship for 7 months, helping to coordinate the ship’s restoration and moving of the ship to the Port of Los Angeles. (Don Bartletti / Los Angeles Times)
Dave has a passion for naval history. His first job, at age 16, was on the Queen Mary and he worked there for the following 11 years before starting his aerospace career.  He worked in ticket sales, was a tour guide and British Bobbie, and lastly the Administrative Assistant to the General Manager, (during which time he earned his two degrees). In addition, he was involved with the early investigation on obtaining the USS New Jersey BB-62 as a museum ship in Southern California. Lastly, to support the US Navy as a civilian, he has been a member of the Navy League of the United States and the United States Naval Institute since 1979. 

Dave is battleship IOWA’s Curator and Historian.  He left his Boeing career in 2011 to help save IOWA, the last remaining battleship in the world, from the scrap yards and wound up living on IOWA for nine months. While she was docked at the Port of Richmond, furthermore, the IOWA eventually was towed from Suisun Bay Reserve Fleet Benicia. Arriving at Berth 3 in the Port of Richmond in 2011. While living on the ship he worked as IOWA’s Tour Manager and helped establish a small ship museum on the pier for the visitors.  

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Moreover, Dave is proud of his contribution to researching and curating the history of the IOWA. While facilitating the sharing of the ship’s history and stories. He is particularly proud of several contributions unlocking the accurate history of the IOWA. In addition, Dave has completed an extensive timeline of IOWA’s history. Which tracks her activities for some years down to a daily basis.  This information was based on her official war diaries and logs.

What is the most powerful American battleship?

Two elevators or one for FDR on the IOWA? Dave found photographic history that shows two elevators positioned off the Captain’s In Port Cabin that were specially installed for FDR’s transit to and from North Africa for the Tehran Conference. Mr. Way “concluded this must be a picture of Iowa (BB-61) in Mers-el-Kabir. It looks like there is a French battleship in the background. Plus, the camo paint job is correct on Iowa and her paint looks like she has cruised a long distance”. This was quite an important discovery, seeing that the US government censored all photos of the battleship during the President’s voyage. 

The press releases carried; “description and photograph provided courtesy of Pacific Battleship Center – Battleship USS Iowa Curator Dave Way”.  Dave also found on eBay a Brownie camera photograph of FDR’s departure speech on the IOWA after returning from his trip to Mers-el-Kabir. The photo is in the Captains In Port Cabin and is a key artifact to the President’s Tour. 

Dave discovered that much of the IOWA’s Korean service history had never been fully reported and found that her Korean War Diaries were still sealed in the National Archives.  Dave submitted a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) application for the disclosure and opening of the IOWA’s Korean service records. Once opened, the records provided a tremendous amount of new information regarding IOWA’s contribution during the Korean conflict.  In detail the; “who, what, when, and why” was found. 

What turret fired, how many rounds were fired, when were the rounds fired, and who was being targeted, etc. In addition, there were records of various visiting dignitaries who came aboard the IOWA; Admirals, Generals, elected officials, and the President of Korea (twice). 

Lastly, the IOWA fired twice as many 16-inch and 5-inch projectiles during her 7-month Korea War deployment than in all of her WWII service. 

Dave feels this 7-month Korean deployment was one of her greatest achievements. 

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