This awesome ship, known as the "Mighty Mo", was the last battleship commissioned by the United States and was launched in 1944. The ship provided gunfire support for many important battles of World War II. The Japanese formally surrendered on the deck of the Battleship Missouri in September 1945. The Missouri also saw action in the Korean Conflict and the Persian Gulf War.
The Mighty Mo is located in the Pearl Harbor area near the Arizona Memorial, the Bowfin submarine, and the Pacific Aviation Museum. The Mighty Mo is open every day (except Thanksgiving, Christmas, and New Year's Day) from 8AM - 4PM (September thru May) and 8AM - 5PM (June thru August). You can choose either a guided or self-guided tour. If you decide to go it alone, be sure to grab a Deck Log which illustrates 14 points of interest on the ship. If you are planning to see other attractions in the Pearl Harbor area, you may want to consider purchasing a combination ticket online.
Close-up of the Mighty Mo
Checking out the guns on Battleship Missouri
Mighty Mo has nine 16-inch guns
The battleship has 20 5-inch anti-aircraft guns
Wardroom - mess
Surrender Deck - where the Japanese signed the Instrument of Surrender
View of the Battleship Missouri taken from the Arizona Memorial
Official Website: http://www.ussmissouri.com
* Give yourself at least 90 minutes to explore the Battleship Missouri. Some of the more impressive things to see include:
Bow - The ship has two anchors weighing 31,000 lbs each using chains stretching nearly 1,200 feet.
Main Battery - Three massive 16-inch gun turrets with three guns in each turret. Each round weighing either 1,900 or 2,700 lbs can be fired up to 23 miles. These are the biggest guns afloat in the world.
Wardroom and Museum Exhibit - check out what life was like on board the Mighty Mo
Kamikaze Attack Site - a Kamikaze suicide attack plane crashed on the starboard side in April 1945.
Below Deck - see where the crew worked, slept, and ate
Surrender Deck - On September 2, 1945 the military leaders of WWII gathered here to witness the Japanese signing the surrender document ending the war.
* Note that the following items are prohibited: purses, handbags, fanny packs, backpacks, camera bags, diaper bags, luggage and/or other items that offer concealment. Cameras and video camcorders are allowed. Storage of the prohibited items is available for a small fee prior to boarding the shuttle to Ford Island.
To see the Battleship Missouri, you need to first head to the Arizona Memorial to buy your tickets at the Pearl Harbor Visitor Center then hop the free shuttle from there to Ford Island where the Mighty Mo is docked. From Waikiki, take H-1 West past the airport exit. Take the Arizona Memorial exit 15-A. In the far left lane, make a left turn at the fourth traffic light. Parking is free. You can also catch a shuttle from your hotel area. There are many local Hawaii companies that provide this inexpensive service.
Video of the Battleship Missouri: