Mast Raising Ceremony for USS Iowa Tuesday

By Mark Carlson, Reporter

(Mark Benischek/The Gazette-KCRG)


By Kara Kelly

RICHMOND, California -- Crews in California will re-attach the U-S-S Iowa's 60-foot mast on Tuesday.

The mast raising is a major rehabilitation project on the World War II battleship. The state is paying three million dollars to help turn the ship into a floating museum. An Iowa quarter will be put under the base of the mast and be melted in as it is welded in place.

Last November, the Navy gave the Iowa to the Pacific Battleship Center. The ship is expected to be in Los Angeles for a July 4th ceremony.

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