The U.S. battleship Iowa, damaged earlier this year by an explosion that killed 47 sailors, will return to the Norfolk Naval Station on Thursday, the Navy announced.
The ship, returning from a six-month deployment in the Mediterranean Sea, is to arrive only days before scheduled congressional hearings into the April 19 explosion. A Senate Armed Services subcommittee will take testimony from Capt. Fred P. Moosally, the commanding officer. A House panel also will conduct hearings.