Naval History and Heritage Command

National Museum of the U.S. Navy

USS Wisconsin (BB-64)

Iowa-class battleship, USS Wisconsin (BB-64) was built at the Philadelphia Navy Yard, Pennsylvania, and was commissioned in April 1944.   Reaching the Pacific to serve in combat, she served at the Philippines, Iwo Jima, Okinawa, and the final bombardents of the Japanese homelands.   After the war, Wisconsin was briefly decommissioned only to be reactivated for the Korean War, serving until 1958.    After three decades in "moth balls", she was recommissioned in 1988 and participated in the Persian Gulf War.  In 1991, Wisconsin was again decommissioned.   One can now tour her at Norfolk, Virginia, where she currently serves as a museum battleship.  

Image:  330-CFD-DN-ST-01388:   A port bow view of the battleship, USS Wisconsin (BB-64) firing its Mark 7, 16-inch/50-caliber guns to port during a fire power demonstration in the Gulf of Mexico, August 30, 1988.   U.S. Navy Photograph.