Museum Update 27 April 2022

Hull Preservation | What Makes It So Critical

You likely caught the sad recent news about USS The Sullivans. Our hearts go out to our friends in Buffalo and we wish them all speed in righting and restoring this important naval vessel.

We’ve been talking in our updates for the last few weeks about our own efforts to ensure Battleship IOWA’s hull is sound for years, even decades, to come. The photo below makes it easy to understand why our hull preservation campaign is a high priority annually.

Maintaining any legacy vessel is challenging. It’s an ongoing battle that requires constant vigilance and thoughtful execution.

We dedicated our most recent podcast to this subject and got into some fairly fascinating detail about what it requires. We discussed everything from the types of paint and coatings we use, to a process known as UWILD (underwater work in lieu of dry docking), and much more.

Click the photo below to access the podcast.

We are extremely grateful for everyone who has donated to the hull preservation campaign. Your generosity keeps us energized as we pursue our goal of raising $100,000.

To support the project and keep Battleship IOWA afloat and sound for generations to come, please click the button below.

STEM Adventure Camp | Still Time To Sign Up!

Battleship IOWA is once again hosting our STEM Adventure Camp this summer! Thanks to funding provided by the Crail-Johnson Foundation, households in underrepresented areas in the Greater Los Angeles Harbor Communities can apply for a scholarship to have have their student(s) attend for FREE!! 

Camps are separated by grade and run Monday through Friday, from 9am – 12pm. Cost of attendance for a 1-week session of camp is $110 and includes all activity materials, a camp t-shirt, and daily snacks and beverages. 

Have your summer explorers join us for exciting ship tours and engage in fun STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math) activities focused on the successful construction, operation, and maintenance of the ship. 

To apply for a scholarship, please complete the Google Form application.

To register your child as a paying participant, please complete our Camp Registration form.

If you have any questions or concerns, please feel free to reach out to Education Manager Tiffany Ellerbeck at 877-446-9261 ext. 749 or email her at

NMSN Gallery Highlights: First Line Of Defense

Another preview of what you’ll experience when you visit the National Museum of the Surface Navy

World War II was fought on multiple fronts, which meant that transporting troops, materials, goods, weapons, and resources across oceans was critical. Unarmed cargo vessels were vulnerable to U-boats and other enemy vessels. If the U.S. Navy didn’t protect those ships, the war would be lost. It was a mission the Navy was ready for – a mission it continues today, as it has for the past nearly 250 years.

The U.S. Navy remains at-the-ready to spearhead military missions across the globe. Often the first service to engage, the Navy provides the skilled forces, cutting edge technology, invaluable passage, and operational platform needed to address threats to our nation and others around the world.

LA Fleet Week Entertainment Line-Up Is Here

We are now a month from the opening of LA Fleet Week and the live entertainment line up for the event has been released. Here’s what you can expect:

  • Friday, May 27 – American Idols Tribute to American Heroes 
  • Saturday, May 28 – Rock & Roll  
  • Sunday, May 29 – Country 
  • Monday, May 30 – Cover & Tribute Bands 


* No reservations or tickets needed ~ FREE to the public *

Friday, May 27: American Idols Tribute To American Heroes
Featuring Ruben Studdard and Taylor Hicks

Saturday, May 28: Rock & Roll
Featuring Pearl and DJ Ravidrums

Sunday, May 29: Country
Featuring Sean Oilu and the Coastline Cowboys and Coffey Anderson

Monday, May 30: Cover & Tribute Bands
Featuring Identity Theft (’80s cover) and Yachtley Crew (’70s and ’80s soft rock tribute)

Become A Plank Owner On IOWA’s ’80s Commissioning Anniversary

Tomorrow – April 28th – is the anniversary of the 1984 recommissioning of USS Iowa. Lots of Plank Owners created that day, so what better way to mark the occasion than by becoming a Plank Owner for the National Museum of the Surface Navy?

As a Plank Owner, your giving provides recognition and Haze Gray points to be redeemed for ship access, event space reservations, and more. Your name will be listed in the Quarterdeck of Honor, our living donor recognition display that lists your name more prominently as you support over time.


Registering as a Plank Owner entitles you to a free digital certificate. Printed certificates are reserved for Plank Owners who donate $25 or more.  As a Plank Owner, you will receive updates, invitations, and recognition as a museum Plank Owner. It may take up to 10 days for donations to reflect in your listing and upgrade your status.

The Haze Gray points system is in development to be released in 2022. All donations, volunteer hours, and numerated support will be applied to your Haze Gray account retroactively, dating back to Jan. 1, 2020.  If you choose to donate without logging in, we will strive to match your donation up to an existing record.  If we are unable to locate a record, we will create one for your contribution.

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