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Iowa Class Battleships

The Iowa Class Battleships

Hull Number: BB-61 – BB-66
Type: Battleships
Class: Iowa
Built: New York and Philadelphia

Iowa Class battleships were long-serving U.S. ships involved in several major 20th century conflicts. They had the task of prompt and sustained combat at sea in order to protect national interests. Iowa Class ships were the last battleships built by the U.S. Navy.

These were the Navy’s first battleships with a design not encumbered by treaty limitations. They were fast battleships meant to protect U.S. aircraft carriers from Japanese “big gun” ships and to serve as fast wings for battle lines. This class of ships was the Navy’s most successful design with the longest service of any battleships.

Ships in the Iowa battleship class include:

Iowa Class Specs

Iowa Class battleships were designed to fill a need for the U.S. Navy during World War II. They had to be fast enough to provide protection for the new and faster Essex Class carriers and still provide the requisite firepower to combat Japanese vessels. Specifications include:



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