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The USS Iowa is Docking in Port of L.A. Today

The USS Iowa being tugged offshore this week (Photo by upmayo via the LAist Featured Photos pool on Flickr)
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This morning the USS Iowa is pulling into its berths at the Port of Los Angeles, after spending some time getting spiffed up offshore since making the trek southward.

The battleship, which will open to the public July 7, has been in town since Wednesday, but needed a hull cleaning before getting towed into berths 51 and 52, next to the Cabrillo Marina, according to City News Service. This is just a temporary spot, though; the Iowa will ultimately call San Pedro's Berth 87 home.

Expected at the waterfront today to greet the ship will be veterans who served aboard the Iowa, nicknamed "The Big Stick." The retired battleship is 887 feet long, and was built in 1940. Of course, the U.S. Coast Guard will also be there to enforce a 100-yard safety zone around the Iowa.

When the Iowa opens to the public, 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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