KNOW YOUR SHIP: Donald Trump to Deliver National Security Speech Aboard USS Iowa

Battleship is an icon of America's strength and power  

Washington (Sept. 15) - Today, Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump will be aboard the USS Iowa (BB-61) to deliver a national security speech. 

maxresdefault.jpgUSS Iowa showing her firepowerOn the surface, the ship serves as a picturesque backdrop showing off an icon of U.S. strength and power - the American battleship. If you dive a little deeper, however, you will see that the USS Iowa is also an icon of U.S. commitment to defend itself and its allies and is a reminder of the critical need to maintain and repair our Navy's assets. 

Did you know? 

  • The USS Iowa is more than 890 feet long, carried up to 3000 sailors at a time and served for over 50 years. 1021px-Teheran_conference-1943.jpgPresident Roosevelt at 1943 Tehran Conference
  • She was built in the New York Naval Yard in 1943; at its peak the shipyard employed 70,00 people and work was don 24-hours a day. 
  • She is the lead ship in her class and served in major conflics including World War II, the Korean War and the Cold War. 
  • She was initially outfitted with nine 16-inch/50-caliber Mark 7 guns that fired shells that could weigh up to 1,200 pounds - the size of a VolksWagen beetle 
  • The USS Iowa is also the only battleship installed with a bathtub - the ship carried President Franklin D. Roosevelt to Algeria as part of the journey for the President to meet with Joseph Stalin and Winston Churchill at the Tehran conference in 1943. 
  • Today, there are nearly 500,000 men and women across the country that build, repair, supply and maintain the U.S. shipyard industrial base. USS_Iowa_1945_LOC_182971pu.jpgUSS Iowa being repaired in drydock in San Francisco

The USS Iowawas brought in and out of service over four times, with her last reactivation in 1984 as part of the 600-ship fleet proposed by President Ronald Reagan. At that point, she underwent a modernization upgrade and served until 1995. 

Each time she was called in and out of action, the U.S. shipbuilding and repair industry was there, knowing that maintaining and repairing ships like the USS Iowa guaranteed that America would be able to defend itself and its allies. In the decades since she retired hoever, the Navy's maintenance and repair budget has been consistently disrupted and sequestration has muddled funding further so that much-needed fleet maintenance has been disrupted and the next generation of capabilities is not being built. 

The U.S. Navy is not built to fight other navies, it is there to deter conflict, prevent escalation and ultimately win to keep the seas open for international trade and commerce - something the USS Iowa did for over fifty years. 

Underfunding future assets and routine neglect of current assets will continue to hurt America and the Navy until Congress and the next president prioritze the fleet. reagan-guns.jpgPresident Reagan aboard the USS Iowa

#          #          #

Contact: Danielle Hagen - 202.356.6112

About the KNOW YOUR SHIP Campaign

0 0 1 52 300 Nahigian Strategies 2 1 351 14.0 Normal 0 false false false EN-US JA X-NONE /* Style Definitions */ table.MsoNormalTable {mso-style-name:"Table Normal"; mso-tstyle-rowband-size:0; mso-tstyle-colband-size:0; mso-style-noshow:yes; mso-style-priority:99; mso-style-parent:""; mso-padding-alt:0in 5.4pt 0in 5.4pt; mso-para-margin:0in; mso-para-margin-bottom:.0001pt; mso-pagination:widow-orphan; font-size:11.0pt; font-family:Arial; mso-bidi-font-family:"Times New Roman"; mso-bidi-theme-font:minor-bidi;} Shipbuilders Council of America launched the KNOW YOUR SHIP Campaign in the summer of 2015 to tell the story of the U.S. shipbuilding and repair industry and the national and economic security the trade provides. To learn more about KNOW YOUR SHIP, click HERE