Friday, October 27, 2006

Ships and Boats, USS Missouri

USS Missouri, Naval Historical CenterUSS Missouri (BB-63), At sea, June 1950. A destroyer's foremast and stacks are visible beyond Missouri's after gun turret. U.S. Naval Historical Center Photograph.
Photo #: NH 44531, Online Image: 92KB; 740 x 610 pixels.

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USS Missouri (BB-63) in 1950-55, During these years, Missouri was part of the Atlantic Fleet. However, she made two Korean War combat tours, one in 1950-51 and another in 1952-53, serving as Seventh Fleet flagship on both occasions and providing major caliber gunfire support to United Nations forces. She was also employed as a training ship for Naval Academy Midshipmen, carrying them on a number of visits to European ports.

In August 1954, Missouri was transferred to the Pacific Coast to be inactivated. She decommissioned on 26 February 1955 at the Puget Sound Naval Shipyard, Bremerton, Washington, where she remained in reserve for the next three decades.

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