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L.A. Wants To Berth Floating WWII Ship Museum

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(credit: AP)

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LOS ANGELES (AP) — The Los Angeles City Council is backing plans to berth a World War II battleship at the Port of Los Angeles as a floating museum.

The Navy has reopened the application process for the donation of the USS Iowa, and on Friday the council voted to support the project.

The ship is the last surviving World War II battleship without a home. USS Iowa spans the length of three football fields and once carried President Franklin Roosevelt across the Atlantic for meetings with British Prime Minister Winston Churchill.

Councilwoman Janice Hahn says the ship would draw tourists and be a boost for waterfront development.

Hahn says the Pacific Battleship Center has offered to cover all costs, including the ship’s relocation.

The city is awaiting on an economic impact analysis.

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