Small point about this statement. BB-61 never participated in the Gulf war. Others of her class did (specifically USS Missouri and USS Wisconsin -- BB-63 and BB-64 respectively), but she was never repaired to operational status after the '89 explosion that disabled turret two. She was decommissioned in October of '90 only three months into Operations Desert Shield and roughly the same time before it transitioned to Desert Storm. If you changed the quoted statement to start with "The USS Iowa (BB-61) was the lead ship in the Iowa-class of US Navy battleship which saw..." I realize I'm being pedantic, feel free to ignore this completely.