USS Iowa (BB-61) heads out to southern California where she now calls that area home as a floating museum in the Port of Los Angeles, and opens to the public for tours, remaining a central attraction on that community’s waterfront. She truly looked beautiful and in prime shape, after many volunteers from across the country came to Richmond, CA where she underwent months of preparations prior to her departure. Here she sails out through the golden gate under the Golden Gate Bridge with fire boat Phoenix giving a watery salute, preceded by an overflight of two jet fighters. A huge crowd lined the west side of the bridge to see her go, plus along the northern beaches and piers of San Francisco and the Marine County headlands, plus never have I seen so many battleship shirts, hats and sweaters. She was a sight to see – a true end of an era. Thank goodness I was so busy running around snapping pixs or I would’ve cried my eyes out…. I have never served on a battleship, only carriers and other vessels, but these huge battleships are so unique, sort of like a fire-breathing dragon from WWII. At least this last “big stick” will not sit mothballed as she and other naval vessels has for several decades…. farewell Iowa, you have served us well.
Fair Winds and Following Seas Iowa
Canon EOS 7D sporting a EFS 18-135 f/3.5-5.6 IS lens