Museum Update: August 13, 2021

A Visit From Congress

Last Saturday, Congresswoman Nanette D. Barragán, who represents California’s 44th Congressional District, came to the IOWA to join fellow USC alumni and current students for USC’s Day Of Service. The group assisted IOWA’s IT team in the removal of e-waste – the result of IT’s work to upgrade our systems to support our transition to the National Museum of the Surface Navy.


During her visit Congresswoman Barragán visited areas of the ship she had never seen. She was impressed and expressed her excitement both about our current mission and for her role in championing our designation as the National Museum of the Surface Navy in Congress.


You don’t have to be a congresswoman to support the IOWA’s transition into the National Museum of the Surface Navy. Sign up to become a Plank Owner today for free!

LA City Partnership With Microsoft Announced Aboard IOWA

On Wednesday with Battleship IOWA as an appropriate backdrop to represent modern veterans’ services, Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti announced a collaboration with Microsoft. This partnership establishes the Los Angeles Veterans Technology Training Academy (LAVTTA), a free, four-month training program that will prepare veterans for careers in software engineering, cloud application development, and cloud administration. Learn more about this new initiative here.

Only Three Weeks Left Till LA Fleet Week

Are you ready? Just three weeks till the Navy rolls into town! LA Fleet Week is a multi-day celebration of our nation’s sea services, held on the LA Waterfront at the Port of Los Angeles over the extended Labor Day Weekend – Sept. 3-6, 2021.

Past events have included active duty ship tours, military displays and equipment demonstrations, live entertainment, aircraft flyovers, STEM Expo for kids of all ages, the annual Conquer the Bridge Labor Day 5.3-mile walk/run over the Vincent Thomas Bridge, sports tournaments, and the Galley Wars culinary cook-off competition between Navy, Marine, and Coast Guard teams.

Concerned about Covid? So are Fleet Week’s organizers. This year’s event has been restructured so that around ninety-five percent (95%) of offerings are outdoors. Public safety is priority one!

Lots of fun for the entire family. And best of all, entrance is FREE to the general public!  LA Fleet Week 2021!


Give Blood And Visit The IOWA For Free

On August 29th the IOWA will host the Red Cross’ Summer Full of Life Blood Drive. Donors will receive free admission to the ship. To sign up to give the gift of life go to

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