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USS Iowa (BB 61) - the lead ship of her class of battleship and the fourth in the United States Navy to be named in honor of the 29th state. Owing to the cancellation of the Montana-class battleships, Iowa is the last lead ship of any class of US battleships and was the only ship of her class to have served in the Atlantic Ocean during World War II. Launched 1942, decommissioned, for last time, 1990.


USS Midway (CVB/CVA/CV-41) 1945, was an aircraft carrier of the United States Navy, the lead ship of her class, based on the planned Montana-class battleship, gave her better maneuverability than previous carriers. She served for an unprecedented 47 years, having seen action in the Vietnam War and been the Persian Gulf flagship in 1991's Operation Desert Storm. Decommissioned in 1992, she is now a museum ship at the USS Midway Museum, in San Diego, California,


The Montana class battleship was designed to be the successor to the four Iowa class fast battleships in service during World War II, a further two Iowa class battleships were under construction but scrapped at the end of the war.