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USS Iowa To Be Officially Commissioned as Floating Museum Today

The USS Iowa approaches the Vincent Thomas Bridge. (Photo by CindiK. via the LAist Featured Photos pool on Flickr)
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It's a big day for a big boat nicknamed the "Big Stick." The USS Iowa, now docked permanently at the Port of Los Angeles, will be officially commissioned as a floating museum in a ceremony today.

A host of dignitaries are expected to attend the Fourth of July event, including Iowa Gov. Terry Branstad; Iowa Sen. Tom Harkin; Rep. Janice Hahn, D-San Pedro; Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa; and Julianna Roosevelt, the great- granddaughter of President Franklin D. Roosevelt. Hundreds of veterans, including former members of the USS Iowa's crew, are also expected to attend, according to City News Service.

The USS Iowa is now in Berth 87, after its journey down the coast, a pause for some maintenance, and its progressive move into the Port of L.A.

When the Iowa opens to the public on July 7, it will serve as a floating museum run by the Pacific Battleship Center. Adult admission will be $18. Children 6-17 years old will be admitted for $10, as will veterans. Senior citizens and retired military will pay $15. Guests will be able to book overnight stays and the ship's museum will offer several tours highlighting weaponry, engineering and what it's like to live life at sea.

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Today's event begins at 11:15 a.m. and the ceremony is expected to get underway at Noon.

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