WASHINGTON – Today Congresswoman Nancy Pelosi (D-SF) hailed the arrival of the historic battleship U.S.S. Iowa in San Francisco Bay as a profound success. The battleship is in the final leg of her journey, from Newport, R.I., to Northern California’s MARAD facility at Suisun Bay in Northern California.
"Relocating the Iowa to the Maritime Administration facility and deactivating this historic battleship in Suisun Bay will be mutually beneficial to both the Navy and Northern California. It will put us in a favorable position to keep the Iowa here permanently for the historic and public benefit of the Bay Area," Pelosi stated.
"I am pleased to welcome the U.S.S. Iowa to the Bay Area and encourage the Navy to consider seriously our region as its final destination. The Iowa could serve as a tribute to the service and sacrifice of America’s fighting men and women, while educating visitors from across the nation and around the world," Pelosi said.
As early as 2004, the Navy will put the battleship on "donation status," putting it up for public bid. While there is no guarantee that the Bay Area would acquire the ship as a result of the open bidding process, having it relocated to Northern California prior to the sale would reduce overall costs such as towing. Should the Iowa be acquired for the Bay Area as a museum ship, the Port of San Francisco has expressed interest in berthing the Iowa at Pier 35 at Fisherman's Wharf.
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