The last battleship constructed by the United States, the USS Missouri
fought in several prominent World War II campaigns (Iwo Jima, Okinawa) and following a modernization even took part in the 1991 Gulf War. Since 1998, it's been docked at Ford Island
, just southwest of the sunken USS Arizona
, in Pearl Harbor and open to the public as a museum. You can purchase tickets to visit the USS Missouri
from the USS Bowfin Submarine Museum
, which is next to the USS Arizona Visitor Center
. Visitors of the Missouri
can take audio tours of the ship, too - just rent an iPod with a preloaded Guide2Go tour, which has fascinating video and audio material (including interviews with veterans). This is a fun and informative way to tour the ship, and to do so at your own pace.
The photo of the USS Missouri here was taken from the platform of the USS Arizona Memorial, facing south. In the lower right, you can see a few remnants of the sunken Arizona poking out of the water, and you can also detect discoloration in the water that's a result of the oil that continues to leak very slowly from the wreckage. The ball-shaped white buoy on the lower right marks where the very stern of the Arizona lies beneath the water's surface.