Now that the Iowa Caucuses are over, it’s time to focus on supporting the commissioning efforts for the USS Iowa. With that in mind, the crew of the PCU and the NOSC (Navy Operational Support Center) Des Moines have put together a very comprehensive list of public events that will be taking place throughout 2020.
The crew of the Iowa is sending five sailors to the Cedar Rapids area over the Thanksgiving holidays for a namesake visit.
On October 14, 2019, the official dedication of the Iowa Submarine Highway was conducted. A long time project of shipmate and Iowa Base Commander David Farran of Waverly, Iowa finally came to fruition.
With this issue of the USS Iowa newsletter, we follow the time-tested routine of the Pentagon’s “Yellowbird” news summary, consolidating the media coverage of the Keel-Laying Ceremony in Quonset Point, Rhode Island on August 20, 2019.
A recap and photos of our EB Shipyard tour and Keel-Laying Ceremony in Groton, Connecticut on August 19, 2019.
With the assistance of our web provider WebSlingers Web Development, we went live with our Commissiong Committee website on August 14, 2019! We will continue to add to the website over time as we have more information about the events.
The ship’s sponsor, Christie Vilsack, and the Commissioning Committee have been informed that the Keel-Laying Ceremony for the USS Iowa submarine will take place at Quonset Point, Rhode Island on Tuesday August 20, 2019.
There will be a USS Iowa (BB-61) exhibit dedication ceremony at the Sullivan Brothers Iowa Veterans Museum and Grout Museum of Science & History on June 13, 2019. As a legacy warship, our committee will be represented.
Meet the USS Iowa SSN 797 sponsor, Christie Vilsack, and learn more about why Iowa is an essential maritime state, leading to the construction of the USS Iowa SSN-797.
This is the first of our Commission Committee’s newsletters! With this, we hope to spread the word about the fourth U.S. Naval ship to bear the name IOWA and the progress of building this new fast attack submarine.