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BB-63 USS MISSOURI
1988 - 1993

Radio Call Sign: November - Charlie - Bravo - Lima

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Iowa Class Battleship: Displacement 45,000 Tons, Dimensions, 887' 3" (oa) x 108' 2" x 37' 9" (Max). Armament 9 x 16"/50 20 x 5"/38AA, 80 x 40mm 49 x 20mm, 3 AC. Armor, 12 1/8" Belt, 17" Turrets, 1 1/2" +6" +5/8" Decks, 17 1/4" Conning Tower. Machinery, 212,000 SHP; G.E. Geared Turbines, 4 screws. Speed, 33 Knots, Crew 1921.

Operational and Building Data: Laid down by New York Naval Ship Yard, January 6, 1941. Launched January 29, 1944. Commissioned June 11, 1944. Decommissioned February 26, 1955. Recommissioned May 10, 1986. Decommissioned March 31, 1992. Stricken for disposal January 12, 1995. Donated for preservation May 4, 1998.
Fate: Preserved as a museum at Ford Island, Pearl Harbor, Hawaii, June 1998.
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BB-63 Missouri54kMissouri (BB-63) in company with the Long Beach (CGN-9) and others just prior to RIMPAC '88. Courtesy of Larry Lee.
BB-62 New Jersey & Company252k A bow on view of the battleship New Jersey (BB-62) leading the American battle line. She is followed by the battleship Missouri (BB-63) and the nuclear-powered guided missile cruiser Long Beach (CGN-9) withother screening vessels following astern of the cruiser. The photograph was taken from the fantail of the Enterprise (CVN-65), possibly during exercise RIMPAC '88 during Jul 1988. Official U.S. Navy Photograph # N-0000X-042, submitted by Bill Gonyo.
BB-63 Missouri306 An over head view of the battleship Missouri (BB-63) firing a broadside from its Mark 7 16-inch guns during a firepower demonstration. The Missouri and the ships of its battle group are participating in the multinational exercise RIMPAC '88 during Jul 1988. U.S. Navy photo DN-ST-89-05374 by Photographer's Mate 1st Class Terry Cosgrove, courtesy of navy.news.mil., submitted by Bill Gonyo.
BB-63 Missouri243 The battleship Missouri (BB-63) fires several of its Mark 7 16 inch guns while underway of the coast of Hawaii during exercise RIMPAC '88. USN photo # N-0000C-002 / DN-ST-91-12054 by Photographer's Mate 1st Class Terry Cosgrove, courtesy of navy.news.mil.
BB-63 Missouri87k Enginemen check fuel samples in an engineering space aboard the Missouri (BB-63) during RIMPAC '88, 1 Jul 1988. Official U.S. Navy photo # DN-ST-92-00519, by PH1 Terry Cosgrove, from the Department of Defense Still Media Collection, courtesy of dodmedia.osd.mil.
BB-63 Missouri638k A crew member organizes records in an administrative office aboard the Missouri (BB-63) during RIMPAC '88. Official U.S. Navy photo # DN-ST-92-00526, by PH1 Terry Cosgrove, from the Department of Defense Still Media Collection, courtesy of dodmedia.osd.mil.
BB-63 Missouri179k Marine mans his station on the Mark 37 director for Mark 28 5-inch 38-caliber guns aboard the Missouri (BB-63) during RIMPAC '88. A Mark 25 radar is atop the director. Official U.S. Navy photo # DN-ST-92-00527, by PH1 Terry Cosgrove,from the Department of Defense Still Media Collection, courtesy of dodmedia.osd.mil.
BB-63 Missouri214k A crew member aboard the Missouri (BB-63) takes a reading with a sextant as the vessel is underway during RIMPAC '88. Official U.S. Navy photo # DN-ST-92-00537, by PHAN Brad Dillon, from the Department of Defense Still Media Collection, courtesy of dodmedia.osd.mil.
BB-63 Missouri 116k Missouri (BB-63) at Pearl Harbor, Hawaii on July 4, 1988 for RIMPAC '88. Courtesy of Robert M. Cieri.
BB-63 Missouri91k The intelligence team aboard the Missouri (BB-63) checks information as they observe a Soviet Intelligence collector ship shadowing the Missouri, January 1989. Official U.S. Navy photo # DN-SN-93-04058, by PH1 Terry Cosgrove, from the Department of Defense Still Media Collection, courtesy of dodmedia.osd.mil.
BB-63 Missouri22k1989 was a hectic year in the life of Missouri (BB-63). The early part of the year found the ship in the Long Beach Naval Shipyard for routine maintenance. Independence Day weekend brought its share of fireworks. Academy Award-winning actress/singer Cher made a rock music video on Missouri foc'sle. The video also starred a couple hundred members of the crew, and although controversial due to Cher's outfit, it was a smash. The song "If I Could Turn Back Time" was a chart topper. Official U.S. Navy Photograph, courtesy of the USNI. Text courtesy of chinfo.navy.mil.
BB-63 Missouri49kThe Missouri (BB-63) joining the U.S. Navy aircraft carrier Enterprise (CVN-65), during a underway replenishment, 5 August 1989. Official U.S. Navy Photograph, by PHAN Greg Welch, courtesy of the USNI.
New Jersey & Missouri389k A 16-inch projectile lands near the bow of the target ship being fired at by the New Jersey (BB-62) and Missouri (BB-63) during Fleet Exercise '89 on 14 October 1989. USN photo # DN-SN-93-04361, by PH1 Terry Cosgrove, from the Department of Defense Still Media Collection, courtesy of dodmedia.osd.mil.
BB-63 Missouri222k The hull of the Missouri (BB-63) is painted with a coat of primer as the ship lies in dry dock at Long Beach Naval Shipyard for maintenance, 1 January 1990. Official U.S. Navy photo # DN-ST-92-00737, by PH1 Terry Cosgrove, from the Department of Defense Still Media Collection, courtesy of dodmedia.osd.mil.
BB-63 Missouri366k Sheets of plastic cover the propellers of the Missouri (BB-63) as the ship's hull is painted during a dry dock period. Official U.S. Navy photo # DN-ST-92-00738, by PH1 Terry Cosgrove, from the Department of Defense Still Media Collection, courtesy of dodmedia.osd.mil.
BB-63 Missouri366k A straight-on bow view of the Missouri (BB-63) as the ship lies in dry dock for hull painting and maintenance. Official U.S. Navy photo # DN-ST-92-00740, by PH1 Terry Cosgrove, from the Department of Defense Still Media Collection, courtesy of dodmedia.osd.mil.
BB-63 Missouri191k A rainbow provides the backdrop to the superstructure of the Missouri (BB-63) while the battleship is underway with other ships of its battle group during exercise RIMPAC '90 near Hawaii. Three of the vessel's Mark 7 16-inch/50-caliber guns can be seen in the foreground, 1 May 1990. Official U.S. Navy photo # DN-ST-91-07901, by PH3 Brad Dillon, from the Department of Defense Still Media Collection, courtesy of dodmedia.osd.mil.
BB-63 Missouri192k A starboard view of the Missouri (BB-63) underway with its battle group during exercise RIMPAC '90 near Hawaii. The Australian underway replenishment tanker HMAS Success (0R-304) is underway to port of the Missouri. Official U.S. Navy photo # DN-ST-91-07907, by PH3 Brad Dillon, from the Department of Defense Still Media Collection, courtesy of dodmedia.osd.mil.
BB-63 Missouri227k Pacific Ocean....Smoke billows from the muzzles of the Mark 7 16-inch/50 -caliber guns in each of the three main gun turrets aboard the battleship Missouri (BB-63) after the ship fired multiple salvos during exercise RIMPAC '90 near Hawaii.U.S. Navy photo DN-SC-91-06792, submitted by Bill Gonyo.
BB-63 & 64687kWisconsin (BB-64) left, and Missouri (BB-63) rendezvous in the gulf during Operation Desert Shield on 1 January 1991. The hospital ship Comfort(T-AH-20) is behind the Wisconsin. USN photo # DN-SC-92-08657, from the Department of Defense Still Media Collection, courtesy of dodmedia.osd.mil.
BB-63 Missouri158k An Iraqi mine floats near the Missouri (BB-63) prior to being detonated by explosive ordnance disposal (EOD) team members during Operation Desert Shield, 12 January 1991. Official U.S. Navy photo # DN-SN-91-08062, by PH3 Brad Dillon, from the Department of Defense Still Media Collection, courtesy of dodmedia.osd.mil.
Wisconsin & Missouri237k The fast combat support ship Sacramento (AOE-1), center, conducts an underway replenishment with the Wisconsin (BB-64), foreground, and the Missouri (BB-63) during Operation Desert Shield, 14 January 1991. USN photo # DN-SN-91-09308, by PH3 Brad Dillon, from the Department of Defense Still Media Collection, courtesy of dodmedia.osd.mil.
BB-63 Missouri 813k A Tomahawk BGM-109 land attack missile (TLAM) is readied for firing from a Mark 143 launcher aboard the battleship Missouri (BB-63) on the first day of the Operation Desert Storm offensive against Iraq, 17 January 1991. A Phalanx Mark 15 close-in weapons system (CIWS) stands in the foreground. Official U.S. Navy photo # DN-SN-91-08057, by PH3 Brad Dillon, from the Department of Defense Still Media Collection, courtesy of dodmedia.osd.mil.
BB-63 Missouri420k A Mark 7 16-inch/50 caliber gun is fired aboard the Missouri (BB-63) as night shelling of Iraqi targets takes place along the northern Kuwaiti coast during Operation Desert Storm, 6 Feb 1991. Official U.S. Navy photo # DN-ST-91-09304, by PH3 Brad Dillon, from the Department of Defense Still Media Collection, courtesy of dodmedia.osd.mil.
BB-63 Missouri429k A Mark 7 16-inch/50 caliber gun is fired aboard the Missouri (BB-63) as night shelling of Iraqi targets takes place along the northern Kuwaiti coast during Operation Desert Storm, 6 Feb 1991. Official U.S. Navy photo # DN-ST-91-09306, by PH3 Brad Dillon, from the Department of Defense Still Media Collection, courtesy of dodmedia.osd.mil.
BB-63 Missouri941kMissouri (BB-63) lies at anchor in a Persian Gulf region port during Operation Desert Storm. 6 Feb 1991. Official U.S. Navy photo # DN-ST-91-05987, by JO1 Joe Gawlowicz, from the Department of Defense Still Media Collection, courtesy of dodmedia.osd.mil.
BB-63 Missouri159k A crew member aims a Remington 1100 12-gauge shotgun at a clay target tossed out from the fantail of the Missouri (BB-63) during skeet shooting practice aboard the vessel during Operation Desert Storm in 1991.
The 2 marines pictured are Lance Corporal's Lance Wright in the front and Kelly Carreno.
Photo i.d. courtesy of Ralph D. Ponder.
Official U.S. Navy photo # DN-ST-93-01526, by PHAN Brad Dillon, from the Department of Defense Still Media Collection, courtesy of dodmedia.osd.mil.
Missouri & Wisconsin35kMissouri (BB-63) & Wisconsin (BB-64) decommission pictorial cancellation at Norfolk, Virginia on 10 Sep 1991. Historical navy mail with commemoration postmarks honoring end of an era for active duty service. Courtesy of Jack Treutle.
BB-63 Missouri904k The crew of the battleship Missouri (BB-63) mans the rail as it arrives in port on Survivor's Day, when the sailors and Marines of the battleships that were sunk or damaged in the December 7, 1941, attack on Pearl Harbor are honored. The battleship, the last of its kind in commission, is deployed to help commemorate the 50th anniversary of the bombing. Official U.S. Navy photo # DN-SC-92-05804 by JOC(AW) Gloria Montgomery, from the Department of Defense Still Media Collection, courtesy of dodmedia.osd.mil.
(NISMF)371kA guest studies a painting depicting the history of battleships. The artwork was painted by George Skybeck and presented to the Pearl Harbor Survivors Association during their annual banquet at Honolulu, Hawaii, on 8 December 1991. Official U.S. Navy Photograph # DN-SC-92-05391, by PHC Carolyn Harris, the Department of Defense Still Media Collection, courtesy of dodmedia.osd.mil.
BB-63 Missouri 192k Cover of the Second Decommissioning Booklet for the Missouri (BB-63), 31 March 1992. Courtesy of Robert M. Cieri.
BB-63 Missouri432kA crew member lowers the colors on the Missouri (BB-63) for the last time at the vessel's decommissioning ceremony at NAVSTA (Naval Station) Long Beach, 31 March 1992. Official U.S. Navy photo # DN-ST-92-08973, by JO2 Sharie D. Derrickson, from the Department of Defense Still Media Collection, courtesy of dodmedia.osd.mil. Text i.d. courtesy of Don Barker, LTJG (ret), Principal Researcher, Living History Registry.
BB-63 Missouri365k The crew of the Missouri (BB-63) mans the rails during the decommissioning of the Navy's last active battleship at NAVSTA (Naval Station) Long Beach, 31 March 1992. Official U.S. Navy photo # DN-ST-92-07091, by PH2 Thomas P. Milne, from the Department of Defense Still Media Collection, courtesy of dodmedia.osd.mil. Text i.d. courtesy of Don Barker LTJG (ret), Principal Researcher, Living History Registry.
BB-63 Missouri74kNarragansett (T-ATF-167) with recently decommissioned battleship Missouri (BB-63) in tow departs Naval Station Long Beach, CA., 3 April 1992, enroute to the Naval Inactive Ship Maintenance Facility, Puget Sound Naval Shipyard, Bremerton, WA.USN photo by PH1 C.T. Yebba, courtesy of Gary Priolo.
BB-63 Missouri47kLaid up at the Inactive Ship Maintenance Facility, Bremerton, Washington, circa 1992.Unknown
BB-63 Missouri 176k Welcome Aboard cover for the Missouri (BB-63) in 1993 while she was at the Inactive Ship Maintenance Facility, Bremerton, Washington. Courtesy of Robert M. Cieri.
BB-63 Missouri 148k 2 minutes 22 seconds video of Holystoning. Video courtesy of eugeneleeslover.com courtesy of Jeff Jacobs.

USS MISSOURI BB-63 History
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Crew Contact And Reunion Information

Contact Name: Mr. Herbert Fahr Jr
Address: 24 Clark Street, PLAINVIEW NY 11803-5114.
Phone: 516 931-1769
E-mail: Mr. Herbert Fahr Jr.



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