AdvertisementWhy did the Japanese surrender at the end of the Second World War take place on USS Missouri, a battleship that had served for less than a year in the Pacific War?
USS Missouri was the last battleship commissioned into the United States Navy, although not the last laid down.
Like her sisters USS Iowa, USS New Jersey, and USS Wisconsin, she displaced 45,000 tons, carried nine 16”/50 guns in three triple turrets, and could make over 30 knots.
Missouri participated in several operations in the last year of the war, including the bombardments of Iwo Jima, Okinawa, and Japan.
USS Missouri remained active after the war, deploying to the Eastern Mediterranean to calm tensions between Turkey, Greece, Italy, and the Soviet Union.