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The Iowa-class Battleship was a class of six fast battleships used by the United States Navy brought into service during World War II. Built to a 45,000-long-ton displacement limit, in the Pacific Theater they served primarily as fast escorts for Essex-class aircraft carriers of the Fast Carrier Task Force and also shelled Japanese positions. The four Iowa-class ships built were the last battleships commissioned in the US Navy, with all older US battleships being decommissioned by 1947. Missouri and Wisconsin last saw action in the Gulf War of 1991.