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BB-63 USS MISSOURI
1984 - 1987

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 Missouri384k Balloons are released into the air as the Missouri (BB-63) begins the trip to Long Beach Naval Shipyard, California, where it is scheduled to undergo reactivation/modernization construction. It is currently at Bremerton, WA., 14 May 1984. Official U.S. Navy photo # DN-SN-84-10585, by JOCS Jones, from the Department of Defense Still Media Collection, courtesy of dodmedia.osd.mil.
BB-63 Missouri321kTugs guide the Missouri (BB-63) toward the dock at Long Beach Naval Shipyard, where it will undergo reactivation/modernization construction. Note the "igloos" used to protect the 40 mm gun mounts while the ship was in reserve, 25 May 1984. Official U.S. Navy photo # DN-SN-84-10409, by PH2 (NAC) Lawrence B. Foster, from the Department of Defense Still Media Collection, courtesy of dodmedia.osd.mil.
BB-63 Missouri44k The following 2 photos were taken during the rigging of the tow for Missouri (BB-63). They took place in the Strait of Juan de Fuca, in May, 1984. Missouri being rigged in tow behind Beaufort (ATS-2); for her tow to Long Beach California, for re-activation in 1984. The Missouri was brought out from Bremerton (Puget Sound Naval Shipyard) by tractor tug, and then Beaufort picked up the tow there in the strait.Brian O'Connor MM1(SW/DV)Ret.
BB-63 Missouri44k Missouri (BB-63) being towed in the Strait of Juan de Fuca, in May, 1984.Brian O'Connor MM1(SW/DV)Ret.
BB-63 Missouri900kA view of the support blocks laid out in dry dock No. 1 for the Missouri (BB-63) which is currently undergoing modernization at the shipyard at Naval Shipyard Long Beach, CA., 7 August 1984. Official U.S. Navy photo # DN-SC-93-00824, from the Department of Defense Still Media Collection, courtesy of dodmedia.osd.mil.
BB-63 Missouri 60k Robert M. Cieri holds the front page of the San Francisco Examiner on 28 June 1985. The photo was taken at NAS Alameda Officer's Club and announced that the City of San Francisco won the right to homeport the Missouri (BB-63) in San Francisco. Actually, she would have been berthed at Naval Station Treasure Island, where the Navy built a new pier just for her. Courtesy of Robert M. Cieri.
BB-63 Missouri241k Montage of photos of the Missouri (BB-63) undocking from start to finish in Dry Dock # 1, circa 1985-88.Courtesy of Richard Miller, BMCS, USNR RET.
BB-63 Missouri153k Front cover of the Welcome Aboard Program of the Missouri (BB-63), circa 1985-88.Courtesy of Richard Miller, BMCS, USNR RET.
BB-63 Missouri 65k Cover of the Second Commissioning Booklet for the Missouri (BB-63), 10 May 1986. Courtesy of Robert M. Cieri.
BB-63 Missouri658kCrewmen march double-time while manning the battleship Missouri (BB-63) during recommissioning.Official U.S. Navy photo from the Department of Defense Still Media Collection, courtesy of dodmedia.osd.mil. via Pieter Bakels.
BB-63 Missouri80k Missouri (BB-63) passes the Golden Gate Bridge while en route to San Francisco for its recommissioning, 10 May 1986. The US Navy Large Harbor Tug Poughkeepsie (YTB-813) sprays water into the air. USN photo by PH2 Steve Grzezdzinski.
BB-63 Missouri881kCrew members man the rail as the Missouri (BB-63) passes under the Golden Gate Bridge while en route to San Francisco for its recommissioning, 10 May 1986. Official U.S. Navy photo # DN-SC-86-06956, by PH2 Steve Grzezdzinsk, from the Department of Defense Still Media Collection, courtesy of dodmedia.osd.mil.
BB-63 Missouri117kThe national ensign flies on the fantail of the Missouri (BB-63) during its recommissioning. The Oakland Bay Bridge is in the background. Official U.S. Navy photo # DN-ST-86-07093, by PH2 Michael D.P Flynn, from the Department of Defense Still Media Collection, courtesy of dodmedia.osd.mil.
BB-63 Missouri 43k Missouri's (BB-63) Tomahawk Launchers wrapped up in bunting on her recommissioning day. Photograph courtesy of Robert M. Cieri.
BB-63 Missouri855kCaptain Albert L. Kaiss, commanding officer of the battleship Missouri (BB-63), introduces Dianne Feinstein, mayor of San Francisco, during the ship's recommissioning, 10 May 1986. Image from the National Archives DN-SN-86-06997 via Bill Gonyo.
Photo added 10/10/13.
BB-63 Missouri134k The star of the day appears in the center during her recommissioning day as viewed from afar.Photograph courtesy of Robert M. Cieri.
BB-63 Missouri393kCaptain Albert Lee Kaiss and retired Admiral William M. Callaghan. Both were commissioning CO, Callaghan in June 1944 and Kaiss in May 1986. Kaiss is the only CO to commission and de-commission the same ship, and it is known that he is the "last battleship sailor" being the last to leave the ship in March 1992. The picture was taken at the Missouri (BB-63) reunion in 1985 in Annapolis, MD by Shipmate Jim Hartman. Photo courtesy of Herbert Fahr, Jr., USS Missouri (BB-63) Association, Inc.
BB-63 Missouri699kAn aerial bow view of the Missouri (BB-63), left, the fleet oiler Kawishiwi (T-AO-146), center, and the aircraft carrier Kitty Hawk (CV-63) participating in an underway replenishment operation, 25 July 1986. Official U.S. Navy photo # DN-SC-87-09872 by PH3 Hensley, from the Department of Defense Still Media Collection, courtesy of dodmedia.osd.mil.
BB-63 Missouri125kBoiler technicians service the boiler system of the Missouri (BB-63) prior to the ship's cruise to Australia and around the world, 1 September 1986. Official U.S. Navy photo # DN-ST-87-00663 by PH1 Bob Lindel, from the Department of Defense Still Media Collection, courtesy of dodmedia.osd.mil.
BB-63 Missouri203k Father Nobincoio Fernandez offers a prayer by radio from the deck of the battleship Missouri (BB-63) during a ceremony remembering the colony of Hansen's disease victims on Molokai, Hawaii, 1 September 1986. The ceremony was a reenactment of an event that took place when the Great White Fleet sailed around the world in 1907-1909. The Missouri is beginning a cruise to Australia and around the world. Official U.S. Navy photo # DN-ST-87-00672 by PH2 Paul T. Erikson, from the Department of Defense Still Media Collection, courtesy of dodmedia.osd.mil.
BB-63 Missouri569kCrew members aboard the Missouri (BB-63) participate in the Golden Shellback Initiation given to sailors crossing the equator for the first time. The ship is on a cruise around the world. Official U.S. Navy photo # DN-ST-87-00679 by PH2 Paul T. Erikson,from the Department of Defense Still Media Collection, courtesy of dodmedia.osd.mil.
BB-63 Missouri689k A water-level bow view of the battleship Missouri (BB-63) underway 1 September 1986. The ship is en route to Hawaii prior to a cruise to Australia and around the world. Official U.S. Navy photo # DN-ST-87-00683 by Greg Manor, from the Department of Defense Still Media Collection, courtesy of dodmedia.osd.mil.
BB-63 Missouri44kThe Missouri (BB-63) entering Pearl Harbor and sailing past the Arizona Memorial, surrounded by tugs and spectator craft, September 1986. Photo copyright of Irwin Malzman Las Vegas, Nevada.
BB-63 Missouri118kThe Missouri (BB-63) at anchor in Sydney Harbor for the celebration of the Royal Austrailian Navy 75th anniversary, October 1986.Paul Coleman & Royal Austrailian Navy Photo.
BB-63 Missouri130kThe Missouri (BB-63) at anchor in silhouette in Sydney Harbor for the celebration of the Royal Austrailian Navy 75th anniversary, October 1986.Paul Coleman & Royal Austrailian Navy Photo.
BB-63 Missouri42k Missouri (BB-63) transiting the Gatun Locks on the final leg of an around-the-world shakedown cruise. 10 December 1986. Official U.S. Navy Photograph by Carlos Drake, courtesy of the USNI.
BB-63 Missouri311k Members of the Marine detachment from the Missouri (BB-63) pose for a photograph prior to talking part in a field exercise at Camp Pendelton, California on 5 July 1987. The men are armed with M-16A2 rifles. Official U.S. Navy photo # DN-ST-92-00917, by PH1 Terry Cosgrove, from the Department of Defense Still Media Collection, courtesy of dodmedia.osd.mil.
BB-63 Missouri 101k Welcome Aboard Missouri's (BB-63) cruise from Bay to Bay, San Francisco to Montery, 7 July 1987. Courtesy of Robert M. Cieri.
BB-63 Missouri 301k Plan of the day for the Missouri's (BB-63) cruise from Bay to Bay, San Francisco to Montery, 7 July 1987. Courtesy of Robert M. Cieri.
BB-63 Missouri134kView of the Missouri's (BB-63) superstructure while at dock during her worldwide shakedown crusie at Hobart, Tasmania. Australia, September 1987.Courtesy of Nick Jansen.
BB-63 Missouri102kView of the Missouri's (BB-63) rear 16"/50 turret while at dock during her worldwide shakedown crusie at Hobart, Tasmania. Australia, September 1987.Courtesy of Nick Jansen.
BB-63 Missouri90kPhotographed in 1987 by PH1 Terry A. Cosgrove.USNHC # NH 96794.
BB-63 Missouri91k Firing a 16-inch projectile from turret one during gunnery exercises in 1987. Photographed by PH1 Terry A. Cosgrove.USNHC # NH 96786.

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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