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7 Famous Warships That Ruled the Modern Seas

CJ Miozzi | 20 Aug 2014 17:00
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USS Missouri (BB-63)

Claim to fame: The United States' last battleship; site of the surrender of Japan, World War II.

Launched in 1944, "Mighty Mo" was the final battleship commissioned by the US and has since earned 11 battle stars for her service in WW2, the Korean War, and the Gulf War. While she was first decommissioned in 1955, she was reactivated in 1984 when the US enacted a plan to rebuild its Navy fleet.

The Missouri survived a kamikaze bombing with only superficial damage, was instrumental in claiming Japan's home waters during WW2 by guarding aircraft carriers and bombarding Japanese shorelines, and served as the site of the unconditional surrender of the Empire of Japan to the Allies, officially ending the war.

Today, the Missouri is living out her days as a museum ship at Pearl Harbor, where she's been since 1998.

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