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USS Missouri an Iowa class battleship and the forth ship to be named in honor of the U.S. state of Missouri. BB-63 Missouri Iowa class battleship was the very last battleship built in this class. She also hosted the signing of surrender of the Empire of Japan that brought an end to World War II.

Great nick names for this mighty battleship were “Might Mo” and “Big Mo”, she was ordered in 1940 and commissioned in 1944. The USS Missouri has a long and distinguished service history for the last Iowa class battleships ever built. Some of which we will touch on here. But by all means the documented history of this great battleship is available through many sources that provide some great reading. It would be worth your time to check some of them out.

During World War II in the Pacific Theater she fought in Iwo Jima and Okinawa also shelling the home islands of Japan. Later she served in the Korean War for 3 years 50 to 53.

By 1955 the Missouri was decommissioned and placed in the U.S. Navy reserve Mothball Fleet. By 1984 refit and modernized to be part of the Navy’s plan 600 ship Navy. Later in January and February of 1991 she joined in the Operation Desert Storm.

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Having enjoyed assembling ship models since 1953 and seeing much change in the industry in those years, I can only say that This model ship is one of the best created. In recent years 1/350 scale ships have increased in the model market and there are now several excellent ships available by Tamiya and Trumpet among others. The "mighty Mo" is just one of several models produced by this Japanese model maker and even though it was created in the 1970's still is one of the best models in this scale.

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USS Battle Ship Missouri Order Today!

The USS Missouri earned a total of 11 battle stars for service in World War II, Korea, and the Persian Gulf.

The “Mighty Mo”, was finally decommissioned on 31 March 1992, but remained on the Naval Vessel Register until her name was struck in January 1995. In 1998, she was donated to the USS Missouri Memorial Association and became a museum ship at Pearl Harbor, Hawaii.

The “Big Mo” or Missouri was christened by Mary Margaret Truman the daughter of Harry S. Truman a U.S. Senator from Missouri at the launching.

The design planned in 1938 by the Preliminary Design Branch at the Bureau of Construction and Repair was to be am Iowa class fast battleship.

In January of 41 she was laid down at the Brooklyn Navy yard. Launching and commissioning occurred in January of 1944 Captain William Callaghan commanding.

Her armament was amazing some of which we will describe here. The Main battery of the Missouri consisted of 9 16” Mark 7 guns that fired 2,700 lb armor piercing shells. They could hit targets at 20 miles away with a high degree of accuracy. The secondary battery included 20 5” guns built into twin turrets which had a very impressive range of about 10 miles.

The Missouri was the last of the great battleships to be completed. The USS Wisconsin received the highest designation number for a battleship but was completed before the Missouri. Of the 4 Iowa class battleships two more were ordered BB-65 and BB-71 but were cancelled.

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