Battleship USS Missouri (BB-63)

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Classification

Ship class:
Type:
type: Battleship

Basic information

Namesake:
State of Missouri
Country of build:
Builder:
builder: Brooklyn Navy Yard
Operator:
Ordered:
Laid down:
Launched:
Commissioned:
Decommissioned:
Status:
Fate:
Museum ship in Pearl Harbor

Ship measurements

Displacement:
58400 t
Length:
270.43 m
Beam:
32.97 m
Draught:
11.51 m

Machine

Propulsion:
  • 8 * Babcock & Wilcox «M»-type 600 PSI dual furnace, controlled superheat boilers
  • 4 * engine sets (high pressure & low pressure turbines, reduction gear), 212,000 shp (158,088 kW)
  • 4 * shafts/props
  • 4 * boiler rooms
  • 4 * engine rooms
Speed:
32.7 knots
Range:
14,890 mi (23,960 km)

Crew

Complement:
1851

Combat assets

Armor:
  • Belt: 12.1 in (307 mm)
  • Bulkheads: 14.5 in (368 mm)
  • Barbettes: 11.6 to 17.3 in (295 to 439 mm)
  • Turrets: 19.5 in (495 mm)
  • Decks: main 1.5 in (38 mm), second 6.0 in (152 mm)
Electronics:
  • AN/SPS-49 Air Search Radar
  • AN/SPS-67 Surface Search Radar
  • AN/SPQ-9 Surface Search / Gun Fire Control Radar
  • AN/SLQ-32
  • AN/SLQ-25 Nixie Decoy System
  • 8 * Mark 36 SRBOC Super Rapid Bloom Rocket Launchers
Armament:

1943:

  • 9 * 16 in (406 mm)/50 cal Mark 7 guns
  • 20 * 5 in (127 mm)/38 cal Mark 12 guns
  • 80 * 40 mm/56 cal anti-aircraft guns
  • 49 * 20 mm/70 cal anti-aircraft cannons

1984:

  • 9 * 16 in (406 mm)/50 cal Mark 7 guns
  • 12 * 5 in (127 mm)/38 cal Mark 12 guns
  • 32 * BGM-109 Tomahawk cruise missiles
  • 16 * RGM-84 Harpoon Anti-Ship missiles
  • 4 * 20 mm/76 cal Phalanx CIWS
Aircraft:
  • floatplanes
  • helicopters
  • UAVs

USS Missouri (BB-63) («Mighty Mo» or «Big Mo») is an Iowa-class battleship and was the third ship of the United States Navy to be named after the U.S. state of Missouri. Missouri 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 United States Navy reserve fleets (the «Mothball 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.

Missouri received a total of 11 battle stars for service in World War II, Korea, and the Persian Gulf, and was finally decommissioned on 31 March 1992 after serving a total of 16 years of active service, 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.

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