A few weeks after the USNI blog disclosed that the non-profit group once slated to receive the ex-USS IOWA (BB-61) was more hot air than substance, the Navy is now re-opening the bidding process for the ship!

It’s sure nice to know the Navy listens to the blogosphere…

Anybody interested in working to see the Iowa preserved in San Francisco? If so, let’s talk. Shoot me an email.

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  • UltimaRatioReg

    Though we have three of these magnificent ships currently preserved, scrapping of Iowa would be an unconscionable crime. She is a magnificent testament to the sailors of our Navy who sailed, fought, and died aboard her. For all the riches of this nation, we should think not a second about preserving Constitution, Olympia, Texas, Lexington, or any of the other historic vessels we are blessed to still have extant.

  • Paul Withington

    Our museums are under tremendous financial stress. The USS New Jersey, anchored today in Camden, New Jersey, recently lost millions in state funding. (In case you missed it, NJ is hemorrhaging cash.) The USS NJ museum is down to a few salaried staff — barely enough to provide much more that security. Volunteers are picking up the slack as best they can, but the museum is in extreme distress.

    Before it goes to San Francisco, it would be best to look at the financial status of the SS Jeremiah O’Brien (a WWII liberty ship on display along Fisherman’s Wharf) as a measure of the potential support for an Iowa memorial.

    Moreover it would be best to ensure that putting the Iowa in the same area doesn’t siphon off funding for the National Liberty Ship Memorial.

  • Todd

    USS Olympia is also in trouble. Visit http://www.fotco.org for more information about the efforts to save Admiral Dewey’s flag ship at Manila Bay.

  • So why hasn’t the navy in fifty or more years stepped in to help the OLYMPIA, arguably more important than the Iowa? The US Navy has always shirked its responsibilities toward the so-called historic ships.

  • Dan Blair

    My understanding is that the USN is not responsible for long-term maintenance of museum ships. All the municipalities that would love to have a BB or CV parked on their waterfront really need to think long and hard about how much it costs to maintain the vessel and to drydock it periodically.