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Fun facts and interesting information about the USS IOWA listed for both children and adults who want to learn more about the West Coast’s only battleship.

Ordered

July 1, 1939

Laid Down

June 27, 1940

Launched

August 27, 1942

Commissioned

February 22, 1943

Decommissioned

October 26, 1990

Motto

"Our Liberties We Prize, Our Rights We Will Maintain"

Original Nickname

During WWII and the Korean War, it was the "Mighty I", and for the 1980's Cold War, it was the "Big Stick", which referred to President Teddy Roosevelt's advice: "Speak softly and carry a big stick; you will go far."

Additional Nickname

Battleship of Presidents

Standard Displacement

45,000 tons

Full Displacement (1980's)

55,450 tons

Length

887 feet, 3 inches (270.43 meters)

Beam

108 feet, 2 inches (32.97 meters)

Draft

37 feet, 2 inches (11.33 meters)

Speed

33 knots (38 mph; 61 km/h)

World War II Complement

151 officers, 2637 enlisted

Armor

Armament (1943)