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2020 Annual Appeal – You’re the reason!

Dear IOWA and Surface Navy Family,

The Surface Navy is the backbone of America’s Navy and the most capable surface force in the world. Since October 13, 1775, sailors of the Surface Navy have deployed around the globe.

Battleships evolved over time and were constructed to be stable and steady, and to inspire confidence. They sailed boldly wherever they went, made a statement simply by arriving, and never shirked a fight.

In spite of 2020 continuing to be a fight, like the IOWA herself, our armor is thick. We’ve taken some heavy punches, yet we’ve remained dreadnought-steady.

If a silver lining can be found in this pandemic, it’s that we’re more determined than ever to keep our charge – this phenomenal marvel of engineering – relevant, well-maintained, and accessible to people of all ages and backgrounds.

The coronavirus forced us to move quickly to recalculate our course. Plans we intended to roll out in the future suddenly became imperative lifelines to sustain us in the present. We revamped our education program, added layers to our veterans offerings, and accelerated the development of a virtual tour.

These changes are the result of the hard work and dedication of our crew and the contributions of supporters like you. We are grateful for all you have done to keep us stable and steady through these uncharted waters.

As you contemplate your holiday and year-end giving, please consider contributing to Battleship IOWA and the National Museum of the Surface Navy.  With your continued support, we can build the museum of the future and teach future generations about the realities of democracy: it takes a backbone.

Wishing you and your loved ones a very Happy Thanksgiving.

Jonathan Williams

P.S. If you need assistance making your holiday or year-end gift, please contact Joleen in our Development Department. You can also mail your check to Pacific Battleship Center, 250 S. Harbor Blvd., San Pedro, CA 90731.

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Take a virtual tour
Our new virtual tour launched this week and it is fairly fabulous. CIO David Canfield leads our team from his background in tech companies as well as his passion for the ship in which he served, and it shows in every frame of this tour. He and his team have created a path on which each view is like standing on IOWA’s decks in person.

There are icons to click for further information on various spots, places to interact with content, even hidden “Easter eggs” to find – and the team isn’t remotely finished creating content. They’re crawling into as many areas of the ship as they can to allow you to go “virtually” anywhere.

So login, check it out, and keep coming back to see what new surprises they develop!

Battleship IOWA Museum virtual tour




Become a Plank Owner
Remember to sign up to become a PLANK OWNER for National Museum of the Surface Navy. It’s free! While you’re there, check out the benefits at our various sponsorship levels.

Battleship IOWA and Constitution





As you go about your holiday shopping, select Pacific Battleship Center as your charity of choice. Every time you make a purchase, Amazon will donate a percentage of the price to us!  Click here to find us on Amazon Prime.











As always, thank you for the tremendous support you show. On behalf of the entire crew of Battleship IOWA, have a safe and blessed Thanksgiving.



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