05/30/2012 07:45 pm ET Updated Jul 30, 2012

Watch: Battleship Iowa Returns To Southern California - Belmont Shore-Naples, CA Patch

The sea and the sky were gloomy gray, but Brian Moss and Dick Blair were beaming with delight and emotion Wednesday, as the storied battleship of their past came into focus off Long Beach.

Blair was in a crowd of television cameras and reporters but had a solitary moment where he teared up. Brian Moss had driven alone from Santa Clarita to the San Pedro waterfront to board a boat ferrying media out to meet the historic USS Iowa. Through the haze of early morning, the battleship arrived at what will be its permanent home.