Forces of Valor UNIWARSHIPSET4 "The Beginning and the End" - US Navy Iowa Class Battleship USS Missouri (BB-63) and US Navy Pennsylvania Class Battleship USS Arizona (BB-39) (1:700 Scale)
"Our final day has arrived. Today the final chapter in battleship Missouri's history will be written. It's often said that the crew makes the command. There is no truer statement ... for it's the crew of this great ship that made this a great command. You are a special breed of sailors and Marines and I am proud to have served with each and every one of you. To you who have made the painful journey of putting this great lady to sleep, I thank you. For you have had the toughest job. To put away a ship that has become as much a part of you as you are to her is a sad ending to a great tour. But take solace in thisyou have lived up to the history of the ship and those who sailed her before us. We took her to war, performed magnificently and added another chapter in her history, standing side by side our forerunners in true naval tradition. God bless you all."
- Captain Albert L. Kaiss, presiding over the decommissioning ceremony of the USS Missouri, at Long Beach, California, March 31st, 1992
USS Missouri (BB-63) ("Mighty Mo" or "Big Mo") is a United States Navy Iowa-class battleship, and was the fourth ship of the U.S. Navy to be named in honor of the U.S. state of Missouri. Missouri was the last battleship built by the United States, and was the site of the surrender of the Empire of Japan which ended World War II.
Missouri was ordered in 1940 and commissioned in June 1944. In the Pacific Theater of World War II she fought in the battles of Iwo Jima and Okinawa and shelled the Japanese home islands, and she fought in the Korean War from 1950 to 1953. She was decommissioned in 1955 into the United States Navy reserve fleets (the "Mothball Fleet"), but reactivated and modernized in 1984 as part of the 600-ship Navy plan, and provided fire support during Operation Desert Storm in January/February 1991.
Missouri received a total of 11 battle stars for service in World War II, Korea, and the Persian Gulf, and was finally decommissioned on 31 March 1992, but remained on the Naval Vessel Register until her name was struck in January 1995. In 1998, she was donated to the USS Missouri Memorial Association and became a museum ship at Pearl Harbor, Hawaii.
The Pennsylvania-class battleships, of the United States Navy, were an enlargement of the Nevada class; having two additional 14 in (356 mm) 45 caliber main battery guns, greater length and displacement, four propellers and slightly higher speed. They also had a relatively large secondary battery of 5 in (127 mm) 51 caliber guns, which was soon reduced when many of the guns' locations proved prone to wetness.
The General Board having just finished the design of the Nevada class battleship moved on towards the 7th class of U.S. dreadnought design issuing the 1913 design parameters, 12 14"/45 main guns, 22, 5"/51 secondary's, 21 knots, and Nevada Class battleship armor. Minor rearranging of the secondary guns into fire control groups was designated. The strength of the General Board was again shown by demanding better ships from C&R Bureau and overcoming stagnation as it had done with the Nevada class battleships. The resulting ship now carried twelve 14"/45 by using triple turrets in all 4 positions that would be carried on in each succeeding class up to the Colorado class battleship when twin 16" turrets would be used.
Shown here is a 1:700 scale replica of the famed USS Missouri and USS Arizona, both of which can be seen at Pearl Harbor in Oahu, Hawaii.
Length: 16 inches