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USS Iowa, World War II Battleship, Nears Final Voyage From Port Of Richmond

Uss Iowa

12/22/11 08:51 AM ET   AP

RICHMOND, Calif. -- The final voyage of the USS Iowa is near.

The last surviving World War II battleship without a home is docked at the Port of Richmond, where it is being prepared for its journey to the Port of Los Angeles for a new mission as a museum and memorial to Navy might.

The Pacific Battleship Center raised $8 million to rescue the 68-year-old ship from the Ghost Fleet in Suisun Bay.

The 800-foot Iowa, commissioned in 1943, served in World War II and the Korean War. It last sailed in 1990.

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