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The Iowa was designed as a Fleet Flagship, like the South Dakota (BB-57). The Iowa was completed with a 20mm gun array on #2 turret so as not to block the view of the flag bridge, located below the conning bridge station.

The Iowa was designed as a Fleet Flagship, like the South Dakota (BB-57). The Iowa was completed with a 20mm gun array on #2 turret so as not to block the view of the flag bridge, located below the conning bridge station.

US battleships South Dakota and Alabama on their way to the Marshall Islands to shell Roi and Namur islands 1 February 1944.

US battleships South Dakota and Alabama on their way to the Marshall Islands to shell Roi and Namur islands 1 February 1944.

USS South Dakota (BB-57)

USS South Dakota (BB-57)

MaritimeQuest - USS Iowa (Battleship #4) BB-4

MaritimeQuest - USS Iowa (Battleship #4) BB-4

Battleship Iowa passing the rock of Gibralter

Battleship Iowa passing the rock of Gibralter

USS Indiana - fourth of the 16 in South Dakota class battleships. With their short hulls and single funnels they were not as immediately physically impressive as either the preceding North Carolinas or the succeeding Iowas, but were a well balanced design. Indiana served throughout the Pacific campaign and was placed in reserve in 1946.

USS Indiana - fourth of the 16 in South Dakota class battleships. With their short hulls and single funnels they were not as immediately physically impressive as either the preceding North Carolinas or the succeeding Iowas, but were a well balanced design. Indiana served throughout the Pacific campaign and was placed in reserve in 1946.

All four Iowa-class battleships steaming together (1954). Ship closest to the camera is USS Iowa (BB-61). The others are (from near to far): USS Wisconsin (BB-64); USS Missouri (BB-63) and   USS New Jersey (BB-62).

All four Iowa-class battleships steaming together (1954). Ship closest to the camera is USS Iowa (BB-61). The others are (from near to far): USS Wisconsin (BB-64); USS Missouri (BB-63) and USS New Jersey (BB-62).

Ordnance men moving a 16″ shell from its storage stall to ammunition hoist on board the Iowa Class Battleship USS New Jersey (BB-62). Nov 1944.

Ordnance men moving a 16″ shell from its storage stall to ammunition hoist on board the Iowa Class Battleship USS New Jersey (BB-62). Nov 1944.

USS Midway & USS Iowa - 1987 ~ Repinned 4 U by karen of AZdesertTrips.com

USS Midway & USS Iowa - 1987 ~ Repinned 4 U by karen of AZdesertTrips.com

USS Idaho (BB-42). Fires the 14"/50 guns of Turret Three at nearly point-blank range, during the bombardment of Okinawa, 1 April 1945. Photographed from USS West Virginia (BB-48). National Archives photograph: 80-G-K-3844 (Color)

USS Idaho (BB-42). Fires the 14"/50 guns of Turret Three at nearly point-blank range, during the bombardment of Okinawa, 1 April 1945. Photographed from USS West Virginia (BB-48). National Archives photograph: 80-G-K-3844 (Color)

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