Los Angeles LE - USS Iowa arrives in L.A.
The USS Iowa has arrived in Los Angeles.
The famed World War II vessel, the USS Iowa, left Northern California on Saturday and arrived near Los Angeles quicker than anyone expected.
An estimated 400,000 visitors are expected to tour the USS Iowa every year, according to officials of the Pacific Battleship Center, a nonprofit group that had raised $9 million to transfer the ship to Los Angeles.
"She's finally home," Dick Blair said, it being nearly 60 years since he served aboard the ship, his voice filled with emotion. "I was worried about it being turned into scrap for a while there. This is a perfect place for her
"It's been a long process, but it's great to see her out there," said Damian Jones, a managing partner with the Pacific Battleship Center. "She's all painted up, all the armaments are on her and she looks great."
Veteran Bryan Moss of Valencia remember when the ship hit the Panama Canal when it headed from Long Beach to Norfolk, Va.
"It pulled us right into the crease of the first lock in the canal," said Moss, 78, who was a radioman aboard the USS Iowa from 1952-53, serving alongside Blair. "The cement jarred the ship, I felt it pretty good. It's so good to see her again."
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