The USS Wisconsin
Permanently moored up alongside the Nauticus National Maritime Center in the Norfolk ‘Downtown’ district, the Battleship Wisconsin is a ‘must see’ attraction to add to any shoreside itinerary. At 887.2ft LOA, the ‘Iowa Class’ ship is dramatically striking.
The USS Wisconsin was originally launched in 1943, seeing active service in WWII in the 1940’s, the North Korean War in the 1950’s and the Kuwait Gulf Crisis with Iraq in 1990, she showed her enduring caliber by steaming a total of 46,000 miles round trip to engage in active service in the Gulf Crisis.
Throughout her life as one of the US Navy’s last Iowa Class ‘fast battleships,’ Wisconsin has proved to be a very seaworthy and proud ship that has weathered some atrocious conditions at sea and has been an icon of strength and security for the USA and her allies. Self-guided tours of her main deck are available and further exhibits and history is available inside the Nauticus Maritime Center.
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