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SCUTTLEBUTT is the official podcast of the National Museum of the Surface Navy at the Battleship IOWA, in affiliation with the Surface Navy Association's Battleship IOWA Chapter. We're here to take inspirational dives into the daily challenges, sparks of passion, and unwavering dedication of our crew and supporters. We also interview thought leaders in both the public and private sectors to hear their thought-provoking stories and opinions on current and relevant topics. Connect, have fun wi ...
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Vice Admiral Nora Tyson, USN (Ret) is a woman of many firsts: - First woman to be navigator on a carrier - First woman to the first woman to command a carrier strike group in 2010 (She embarked with USS GEORGE H. W. BUSH (CVN 77) in the Mediterranean Sea on its maiden deployment in support of operations in both U.S. 6th and 5th Fleets) - First woma…
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Vice Admiral Nora Tyson, USN (Ret) is a woman of many firsts: First woman to be navigator on a carrier (USS Lexington) First woman to the first woman to command a carrier strike group in 2010 (She embarked with USS George H. W. Bush (CVN 77) in the Mediterranean Sea on its maiden deployment in support of operations in both U.S. 6th and 5th Fleets) …
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We're back for another season of SCUTTLEBUTT and we're starting off by sharing a new YouTube channel addiction: What's Going On In Shipping (https://www.youtube.com/@wgowshipping). Dr. Sal Mercogliano is a retired merchant mariner and chairman of the history department at Campbell University. In his spare time, he likes to talk about what's going o…
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We're back for another season of SCUTTLEBUTT and we're starting off by sharing a new YouTube channel addiction: What's Going On In Shipping (https://www.youtube.com/@wgowshipping). Dr. Sal Mercogliano is a retired merchant mariner and chairman of the history department at Campbell University. In his spare time, he likes to talk about what's going o…
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Los Angeles Port Police Community Relations Officers Stacey Creech and Aldo Morales are near and dear to our hearts here at Battleship IOWA. They have our backs during any event we have that involves the public, most notably LA Fleet Week, and they do everything with kindness and unending good humor. We decided to show them off on our podcast and l…
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Los Angeles Port Police Community Relations Officers Stacey Creech and Aldo Morales are near and dear to our hearts here at Battleship IOWA. They have our backs during any event we have that involves the public, most notably LA Fleet Week, and they do everything with kindness and unending good humor. We decided to show them off on our podcast and l…
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Joe Sienkiewicz from NOAA's Ocean Predictions Center (otherwise known as our favorite "weather guesser") is our ace in the hole when it comes to inclement weather that's headed our way. He's been instrumental in helping us stay on top of how to prepare for events like Tropical Storm Hilary. This former tug boat operator sat down with us for a fasci…
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Joe Sienkiewicz from NOAA's Ocean Predictions Center (otherwise known as our favorite "weather guesser") is our ace in the hole when it comes to inclement weather that's headed our way. He's been instrumental in helping us stay on top of how to prepare for events like Tropical Storm Hilary. This former tug boat operator sat down with us for a fasci…
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Picture it: April 1975. Saigon has fallen. Thousands are frantic to get out. They take to the roof of an apartment building and fly off in the largest helicopter evacuation in history. But where do they go? At least 17 head out to sea and attempt to land aboard USS KIRK, the destroyer-escort where a young Dick McKenna is the executive officer. In t…
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Short answer to that one is an emphatic NO. In this video we're setting the record straight on a few of the inaccurate rumors we've been heard floating around lately. Things such as: - Are we cutting a hole in our hull? - Are we gutting and completely restructuring compartments to make room for the national museum? Find out what we're actually cons…
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We've gotten the question, "Why did you turn the turret" a lot in the last couple of weeks. We get it frequently in response to the out-of-the-box ideas that end up making ship the special place it is. In this podcast episode we answer the "why" behind what we do. * * * * Come aboard for a tour: https://www.pacificbattleship.com/museum_visit Volunt…
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"Electric" Bill Weinberg and Angelo Salarpi have been Battleship IOWA volunteers since January 2012, when the ship was undergoing initial restoration in Richmond, CA. They dragged Alan Markle into the fray with them a couple of years later. Known in the ship's community as the "three musketeers," this trio makes the 6 1/2 hour trek from the Bay Are…
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What's it like to go aboard a ship that's been closed up for nearly thirty years and help bring it back to life? Bob Lemmond and Marty Palmiere know. They spent years preparing USS IOWA to rejoin the US Navy's active roster in the early 1980s, were there when then-Vice President George HW Bush recommissioned her, and along with Scott Williamson, to…
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What's it like to go aboard a ship that's been closed up for nearly thirty years and help bring it back to life? Bob Lemmond and Marty Palmiere know. They spent years preparing USS IOWA to rejoin the US Navy's active roster in the early 1980s, and along with Scott Williamson, were there when then-Vice President George HW Bush recommissioned her. Pr…
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Marty Palmiere, Scott Johnson, and Lonnie Cook (left to right in thumbnail photo) lived through the worst day in Battleship IOWA's history: April 19, 1989. They've lived with the memories ever since. While Marty and Scott have returned to their ship numerous times, 2023 was Lonnie's first trip back since he left in September 1989. After the ceremon…
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Rear Admiral Charlie Brown, USN (Ret.) finished a twenty-eight year career in public affairs for the Navy last summer as CHINFO - the Navy's chief of information. He worked in the Pentagon and was "the direct representative of the Secretary of the Navy and of the Chief of Naval Operations in all public affairs and internal relations matters." We ha…
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To close out #WomensHistoryMonth, we have the pleasure of bringing you a delightful interview we did with Commander Jenna Van Zeyl, commanding officer of the Gold Crew of USS SAVANNAH (LCS-28). From astronaut dreams to surface navy command, this Chicagoland native and Naval Academy graduate shares her fascinating path to her present role, some poig…
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Jose Hernandez was a biologist by trade, but his love of sailing changed his life. When he left small sailboats behind in favor of square riggers, he had no idea he would one day be paid to rig one of the grandest remnants of the Age of Sail: USS CONSTITUTION, the oldest commissioned warship still afloat. We sat down with Jose to talk about knots a…
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Jose Hernandez was a biologist by trade, but his love of sailing changed his life. When he left small sailboats behind in favor of square riggers, he had no idea he would one day be paid to rig one of the grandest remnants of the Age of Sail: USS Constitution, the oldest commissioned warship still afloat. We sat down with Jose to talk about knots a…
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Walking 300 feet to the nearest restroom, plenty of places to bang your shins, funky electrical systems, guests peeking in your window, and more in Part 2 of our discussion about what it's like to have your office on a WWII battleship. * * * * Come aboard for a tour: https://www.pacificbattleship.com/museum_visit Volunteer with us: https://www.paci…
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There are unusual aspects to many workplaces... but can your office nearly float away in a storm? From the significant highs and lows of temperature in this non-heated or air conditioned steel behemoth to overhearing amusing bits of conversation from guests in passageways near our offices, we share the unique and often amusing features of life on B…
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Judge Eileen Moore served as a combat nurse in Vietnam in the Army Nurse Corp, where she was Lieutenant Eileen Moore. Following Vietnam she went to college, law school, practiced law for ten years, and ultimately was appointed as a judge to the superior court. She currently serves as Justice Moore on the California Court of Appeals. Justice Moore d…
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Back in July, we had author Dale Jenkins on the podcast to talk about his upcoming book, Diplomats And Admirals. Last Thursday, we were privileged to host the release party for the book. We also sat down with Dale and a panel of speakers for a preview of this fascinating new work. From failed negotiations and tragic misjudgments to powerful leaders…
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We've talked a bit about Escape The Mothball Fleet, our new exploration/adventure aboard Battleship IOWA, but what exactly is it? In this episode of Scuttlebutt, we explain not only what you'll experience when you participate, but how the idea for it developed. It's fun stuff, and it's like nothing you've ever tried before. * * * * Come aboard for …
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Battleship IOWA has an uncanny knack for attracting historical treasures of all shapes, sizes, and several eras. From a guest book signed by FDR and his war cabinet to a Mark-48 bombardment computer, we're always on the lookout for things with relevance to the ship. And opportunities to acquire such priceless artifacts and missing pieces seem to fa…
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A few podcasts back we got into a discussion about the origins of the word "scuttlebutt." A lot of you looked it up and dropped the meaning in the comments, so we decided to dedicate this week's podcast to ship lingo. We start by explaining a few good ones, then put the sailors in the crowd to the test with a list of terms they had to explain on th…
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In our last episode we discussed our strategies for preservation. In this one CEO Jonathan Williams describes the direction we're aiming for the next few years, leading up to the opening of the National Museum of the Surface Navy. How do we stay relevant for the future? How do we deliver the message about the importance of freedom of the seas to th…
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Every so often, an event of truly epic proportions becomes the stuff of legend. The engagement off Samar during the larger Battle of Leyte Gulf on Oct. 25, 1944 is such an event. Full of humbling, heroic sacrifice, this incredible naval engagement resulted in a U.S. victory that ultimately cost Japan the war. Presented during our Freedom of the Sea…
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We finally have CEO Jonathan Williams back in the house, so we corralled him for a wrap up of this year's Historic Naval Ships Association (HNSA) conference. The theme was hull maintenance, a crucial part of operating a historic vessel as a museum, and in this podcast episode, we talk about the future of the industry with regard to preserving ships…
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If you follow this podcast, you know that veterans are a priority at Battleship IOWA. To that end, for over a year, we have been home to the Los Angeles branch of Veterans Peer Access Network (VPAN). VPAN is a veterans-helping-veterans program that connects retired members of our armed forces and their families with services, resources, and other v…
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How do we think of preservation when it comes to Battleship IOWA? There are multiple layers to the question. We're a museum, so we have to conserve the ship as an artifact, but we need the functionality of a modern office space. We have to respect the legacies of three generations of sailors (WWII, Korea, the Cold War), who served aboard. We have t…
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Taking a break from our usual fare to bring you some incredible news: Assemblymember Mike A. Gipson, 64th District stopped by this morning to officially deliver a check for $6.7 million to the National Museum Of The Surface Navy at Battleship IOWA to build the Freedom of the Seas Park Pavilion. Here is the check presentation ceremony in its entiret…
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Battleship IOWA is proud to be a safe haven for veterans as well as a resource and connection to programs dedicated to their well-being. Today, we're highlighting a truly special one: Warrior Sailing We chatted with Warrior Sailing director Ben Poucher to find out all about this life-changing program that gets wounded and injured veterans back into…
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The second half of our conversation with Dave Way (Battleship IOWA historian and curator) and Jim Kurrasch centers on "Artifact Number 1" - which is the ship itself. When you have a ship that has served during three different eras, what ethos do you choose when deciding how to preserve it? How do you keep it relevant and interesting to future gener…
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Battleship IOWA is home to thousands of artifacts. From the ship herself to a chair from NAGATO - the last Japanese battleship, from physical objects to digital images, all of these artifacts must be cataloged and stored. Dave Way is the ship's historian and curator, and ten-year volunteer Jim Kurrasch is his "hands and feet." These two are the cor…
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Battleship IOWA volunteers Dave Badgett and Kent Coble are retired fire chiefs - Dave finished his career as an assistant chief in charge of training with LA City Fire Department, Kent as a battalion/division chief for Santa Monica Fire Department. Dave was also a task force leader for LA City Fire's FEMA Urban Search and Rescue (USAR) team. On 9/1…
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VJ Alcomindras is a battleship kid. He's been working on Iowa Class BBs since he was 16. He started as the youngest tour guide ever hired (at that point) by our sister ship, USS Missouri, joined Battleship IOWA in 2015, and was recently promoted to Guest Services Manager. In this podcast we get to know him - from growing up on Oahu to college in Ca…
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Naval Weapons Station Seal Beach lies on the Southern California coast between Long Beach and Huntington Beach. Dating back to 1944, this 5,000 acre complex features 230 buildings, 128 ammunition depots, a wharf for loading and off-loading ships, a 900 acre salt marsh wildlife refuge, and all sorts of things that go 'boom!' In this podcast we get a…
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With the 210th anniversary of the infamous battle between the US Navy's venerable grande dame, USS CONSTITUTION, and HMS GUERRIERE coming up on August 19, we thought it would be fun to have a conversation with Dr. Carl Herzog, public historian for USS CONSTITUTION Museum. We chatted about everything from bottom copper and cathodic protection to wha…
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In the final installment of our series from our 10th anniversary panel, our team discusses how the state of Iowa came through with some critical funding just in time, how our transition to become the National Museum of the Surface Navy came about, and takes a few questions from the audience. Questions? Comments? Email podcast@labattleship.com Once …
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Joe Sienkiewicz, the chief of NOAA's Ocean Applications Branch, has quietly helped us behind the scenes to keep track of swells and storm surge that could affect Battleship IOWA as she sits tied to the dock in one of the world's busiest harbors. Now he joins the podcast to discuss how though it may seem like the ship is safely and permanently in po…
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We're back with Part II of our ten year retrospective panel, and this section is a lot of fun. CEO Jonathan Williams, COO Mike Getscher, and CIO David Canfield told stories from the ghost fleet - "Mike walks," David's fire stick, finding keys lost since 1987, and more - and Volunteer Manager Sue Schmidt talks about the gestation of our volunteer pr…
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July 2022 marks ten years since Battleship IOWA opened to the public as a museum in the Port of Los Angeles. We've come a long way in a decade, and we thought it would be fun to take a look back at where we started. CEO Jonathan Williams, COO Mike Getscher, CIO David Canfield, and Volunteer Manager Sue Schmidt sat down together for a panel discussi…
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This week's guest is Dale A. Jenkins, author of the soon-to-be-released book Diplomats And Admirals. With a background in foreign relations, this former "tin can" sailor has taken a fascinating look into the complicated relationships and poor advice that shaped United States involvement in World War II during the year between the Pearl Harbor attac…
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Recently staff from USS Hornet stopped by for a visit. COO Laura Fies and Marketing & Outreach Manager Russell Moore were kind enough to sit down for a fun chat about the challenges we share and the innovations we make to keep our vessels relevant for years to come. * * * * Come aboard for a tour: https://www.pacificbattleship.com/museum_visit Volu…
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Executive assistant and podcast producer Marann Fengler has had a unique journey. First figure skating, then sailing square riggers, and now she's found a home working on Battleship IOWA. What was that progression like? She tells us in this week's episode. * * * * Come aboard for a tour: https://www.pacificbattleship.com/museum_visit Volunteer with…
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There is no shortage of stand-out characters around Battleship IOWA, and for this episode we rounded up one of the most larger-than-life: Vice President of Government Affairs for UPS and Battleship IOWA board member Bruce D.D. MacRae. We talked to Bruce about how he got involved with the ship, his role in the recent presidential visit, and more... …
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Since early January we've been fortunate to have Kristen Burns-Agria with us. She's active Navy and a participant in SkillBridge - an internship program from the Department of Defense, designed to help service members transition from the military to civilian worlds. In this week's episode Kristen talks about her experience both with SkillBridge and…
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We managed to sneak two podcast recording sessions in during #LAFleetWeek. Here's the second. Meet US Marine Corps captain Tyler O'Connor. Tyler and his crew brought in the star of our mini-airshow: the mighty MV-22 Osprey. Quite the spectacle to watch an aircraft that doesn't look like it should even be able to fly land and take off from our parki…
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This episode finds our team sleep-deprived, sun-burned, and hours away from the finish of LA Fleet Week 2022. Despite the lack of coherence, they managed to coordinate a visit with Brian O'Rourke. Since 2017, as media relations officer for Navy Region Southwest, Brian has been heavily involved in the planning of LA Fleet Week from the Navy side of …
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