Stockton Expects Competition For USS Iowa

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(Stockton, CA)
Wednesday, December 21, 2005

The battleship U-S-S Iowa will remain in California thanks to language in the Defense Authorization Bill.
Officials at the Port of Stockton were hoping the bill would specify that the Iowa be moved from the San Francisco Bay area to their docks, but Congress opened the competition to any port community in the state. Stockton has been planning to convert the ship to a museum.

Port Director Richard Aschieris says expects competition for the historic vessel, including from San Francisco where the ship has been docked for the past four years.

"It wouldn't surprise me one bit if other entities in California might actually turn in an application for the ship."

Aschieris and local government officials believe they have an edge on competitors because they're offer to the Navy includes dock space, a large building for a museum and 15 acres for parking.

If Stockton wins the Iowa sweepstakes, the ship would be located at Rough and Ready Island and be managed by a nonprofit organization.