Battleship iowa is an award winning los angeles museum exhibit and tour visitors experience history first hand by either taking a self guided or guided. Uss iowa bb 61 is a retired battleship the lead ship of her class and the fourth in the united states navy to be named after the state of iowaowing to the cancellation of the montana class battleships iowa is the last lead ship of any class of united states battleships and was the only ship of her class to have served in the atlantic ocean during world war ii. The shell weighed 1900 pounds 862 kg had an estimated yield of 15 to 20 kilotons of tnt 63000 to 84000 gj and its introduction made the iowa class battleships 16 inch guns the worlds largest nuclear artillery and made these four battleships the only us navy ships ever to have nuclear shells for naval guns. The battleship iowa museum is a top 10 regional attraction consistently rated as a must see experience named as a best cool exhibits to see with your kids by cbs los angeles there are behind the scenes tours or a self guided adventure more closed now. On april 19 1989 the no 2 turret on the battleship uss iowa mysteriously exploded killing dozens of american sailors as the navy investigated the deadly blast it put the blame on two sailors
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