When it comes to American battleships, many have names that stand the test of time. Among those ships would be the USS Missouri. This Iowa-class battleship is well regarded as one of the most important ships of the era. It was the last battleship to be commissioned by the US Navy, and also played a major role in the end of the Second World War when the Japanese Empire surrendered onboard. Few ships, then, can lay claim to the history of this all-important vessel.
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The USS Missouri was first ordered in 1940, and was commissioned in June 1944. The ship played a major part in turning the tide in the Pacific, helping the Allied forces to dominate and eventually win the battle – and thus the war. The Pacific Theatre was among the most challenging venues in the war, and it took the tactical power and military might of the Missouri – and others – to turn the tide of the war in the favour of the Allies.
Indeed, it played a major role in the battles which took place at Iwo Jima and Okinawa. The Missouri shelled the Japanese home islands from afar, leaving significant damage across the Japanese home isles. As the battles raged and support from the likes of Missouri added extra pressure, the Japanese eventually yielded. Victory was assured, and it was down to the military strength of vessels like the Missouri that such sustained pressure could be maintained.
Unlike many wartime vessels, though, the USS Missouri continued to serve afterward. Indeed, it played a vital role in the Korean War, taking part in two different tours. It was the first ship to arrive in Korean waters from the American side, and served as a flagship during the battles. It also played a major role in screening aircraft carriers.
Eventually, in 1955, the ship was decommissioned and joined the US reserve fleets, though it was reactivated and modernised come 1984. The US Navy had a new plan for ships, and the Missouri offered both practical usage and historical significance. It was therefore used to provide extra fire support during modern conflicts such as Operation Desert Storm.
Across a noble career on the sea, the USS Missouri collected eleven battle stars from the Second World War until the Gulf War. In 1992, it was finally decommissioned for good after having provided close to two decades of active service. It remained in the Naval Vessel Register until 1995, when it was donated to the USS Missouri Memorial Association in 1998. Today, it has become one of several museum ships that people can go and visit at Pearl Harbour.