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Thursday, July 5, 2018

USS Missouri Battleship

The US Navy has had four ships named USS Missouri: 
USS Missouri (1841), a sidewheel frigate launched in 1841 and destroyed by fire in August 1843 
USS Missouri (BB-11), a Maine-class battleship in service from 1900 to 1922.
USS Missouri (BB-63), an Iowa-class battleship in service (variably) from 1944 to 1992; site of the official Japanese surrender of World War II; now a floating war memorial at Pearl Harbor, Hawaii 
USS Missouri (SSN-780), a Virginia-class submarine commissioned in 2010. 

     The battleship USS Missouri (BB-63), aka the Mighty Mo or the Big Mo, was the last battleship commissioned by the United States and is best remembered as the site of the surrender of the Empire of Japan which ended World War II.
     Missouri was ordered in 1940 and commissioned in June 1944. In the Pacific Theater of World War II she fought in the battles of Iwo Jima and Okinawa and shelled the Japanese home islands, and she fought in the Korean War from 1950 to 1953. She was decommissioned in 1955 into the Navy's reserve fleet, but reactivated and modernized in 1984 as part of the 600-ship Navy plan and provided fire support during Operation Desert Storm in January/February 1991.

Dimensions: Length - 887 feet, 3 inches 
Beam - 108 feet, 2 inches Speed – 33 knots (38 miles per hour) 
Crew = 1,921 
Armament - nine 16-inch, twenty 5-inch, eighty 40 millimeter, forty-nine 20 millimeter 

You can visit the Military Factory for complete details about the ship HERE 
There are 47 unique photos of the ship HERE

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