While I was in vet jail, Mom & Dad took a tour of the USS Iowa battleship. You can read about the battleship on Wikipedia. Mom was surprised that the Iowa had a canine mascot named Victory.
This page has more information about Vicky and shows his official enlistment and health records.
Vicki even went AWOL a few times!
And here are a few photos of the ship.
The big 16 inch diameter guns. Servicemen were closed in this small armor protected room to navigate & control the ship during an attack. I’m standing in the doorway and this is pretty much the entire space. The small white spot beneath the light in the center of the photo is a small slit in the wall that they looked through. There were just a few slits around the room.
Look how thick the door to this room is.
We watch a lot of military history on t.v. and see these big battleships, so being on one was a very interesting experience. It’s huge, but there are a lot of small spaces and corridors within the ship that could get very confusing. The stairs you climb to go from one deck to another are very steep and narrow and I had to duck a lot so I wouldn’t hit my head (I’m only 5-1/2 feet tall). You don’t want to be tall or claustrophobic if you’re in the Navy!