USS Missouri (US, 1944)

USS Missouri (US, 1944)

The battleship USS Missouri, first deployed during WWII was also deployed in the Gulf War.

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Keywords

USS Missouri, battleship, fleet, watercraft, navy, Iowa-class, world war, Korean War, military, modern, weapon

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Questions

  • In which theater of WWII did the USS Missouri see action?

Scenes

  • 406 mm (16 in) cannon
  • 127 mm (5 in) cannon

Narration

The USS Missouri was commissioned by the United States Navy in 1944. This battleship, named after one of the American states, saw action in World War II, the Korean War and the Gulf War. She has been awarded 11 battle stars for her successful missions. The document of Japan’s capitulation, the Instrument of Surrender, which marked the end of World War II, was signed by Douglas MacArthur aboard the ship.

The Iowa-class battleship is 270 m (885.8 ft) long and 30 m (98.43 ft) wide with a displacement of 58 thousand tons. This enormous ship is powered by four steam turbine engines with 212 thousand horsepower, which can accelerate the ship to a maximum speed of 60 km/h (37.28 mph). Her combat range at average speed is 15 thousand km (9,321 mi). The ship was operated by a crew of 1,800 on average.

The powerful arsenal aboard the USS Missouri includes nine 406-mm (16 in) and twelve 127-mm (5 in) autocannons, 32 Tomahawk missiles and 16 Harpoon missiles. The average thickness of the armor is about 30 cm (11.81 in) and 50 cm (19.69 in) at the turrets. Another element of her defense system is the ‘Phalanx.’

Mighty Mo (or Big Mo), the last battleship to be built in the U.S. was decommissioned in 1992; today, she is docked in Pearl Harbor, Hawaii, and serves as a museum ship.

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