The Battleship Wisconsin, moored at Nauticus, is celebrating her 75th year in 2019 with “Their Stories. Our History. A Year-Long Celebration,” a series of engaging events that pay tribute to the brave men who served aboard her. The events are designed not only to celebrate her unparalleled history but also to engage the community’s participation in this year-long celebration for its hometown hero.
The Battleship Wisconsin was the largest and last battleship built by the U.S. Navy. She earned six battle stars for service in WWII, the Korean Conflict and the Persian Gulf War, and was once home to nearly 3,000 men. Since arriving in Norfolk in 2000, the Battleship has become an integral and iconic part of the city’s landscape.
“The Battleship Wisconsin is a national treasure,” said Stephen E. Kirkland, executive director of Nauticus. “It’s Nauticus’ extraordinary privilege to be the steward of the ship, but it belongs to the great country for which it served for so many years.”
In addition to a special ceremony marking the 75th anniversary of the Wisconsin’s commissioning that took place April 16 – the official anniversary of the Wisconsin’s commissioning in 1944 – the following anniversary events will take place in 2019. Unless otherwise noted, all are included in regular Nauticus admission.
For more information about these 75th anniversary events, visit battleship75.org or call (757) 664-1000.