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It's the first time the Anatomy of the Ship has joined our Big Reveal. Having origins in the 1980s with Conway Maritime Press/Conway Publishing, the successful series has now joined the ranks of Osprey. Below are two books in the series that will be published under the Osprey Publishing name next year, and we are sure they'll delight all naval warfare fans.

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USS Iowa (BB-61) was the lead ship in one of the most famous classes of battleships ever commissioned into the US Navy. Transferred to the Pacific Fleet in 1944, the Iowa first fired her guns in anger in the Marshall Islands campaign, and sunk her first enemy ship, the Katori. The Iowa went on to serve across several pivotal Pacific War campaigns, including at the battles of the Philippine Sea and Leyte Gulf. It ended the war spending several months bombarding the Japanese Home Islands before the surrender in August 1945.

After taking part in the Korea War, the Iowa was decommissioned in 1958, before being briefly reactivated in the 1980s as part of President Reagan’s 600-Ship Navy Plan.

ANT: USS Kidd (Fletcher class destroyer)

USS Kidd (DD-661) was launched 28 February 1943 and served in the Pacific from August 1943 until the end of the war, taking part in operations in the Marshall Islands, the Marianas campaign, and the Philippines. In early 1945 she joined Task Force 58 (TF 58) for the invasion of Okinawa. After service in the Korean War as part of Task Force 77 she alternated West Pacific cruises with operations on the West Coast. She has been docked at Baton Rouge since 23 May 1982, when she was transferred to the Louisiana Naval War Memorial Commission and is now on public view there as a museum vessel. Never modernized, USS Kidd is the only destroyer to retain its World War II appearance.