Gentlemen, I was watching a program on President Kennedy which featured part of the Cuban crisis and showed the US fleet sailing to intecept the Russian convoy carrying missiles to Cuba. In the film I thought that I caught a glimpse of what looked like an 'Iowa' class battleship sailing with the fleet - was one or more US battleships involved?
All of the battleships had been mothballed between 1956 and 1959, so would not have been available for service during the missile crisis. However, the heavy cruiser USS Newport News did participate and from some angles she could easily be mistaken for a battleship.
Their shoulders held the sky suspended; They stood and Earth's foundations stay; What God abandoned these defended; And saved the sum of things for pay.