The end of World War II (Pacific Theater) took place some 68 years ago yesterday (September 2, 1945). The Japanese had formally surrendered aboard the USS Missouri in Tokyo Bay, Japan.
Chip and I had toured the USS Missouri in Ford Island, Oahu (Hawaii) last year. An enthusiastic tour guide showed us around most of the battleship (an interesting tidbit we learned is this battleship had also fired Tomahawk missiles during the Persian Gulf war), then we used our audio “gadget” for the last part.
The USS Arizona Memorial
(Click for more photos of the USS Arizona)
Official photos taken during the signing…
Close-in Weapons System (CIWS)
Affectionately called “R2D2″ after the Star Wars robot that it resembles, the CIWS is a stand-alone weapons system that searches for, detects, tracks and targets close-in air targets with a rapid-fire 6-barrel Gatling gun capable of firing 3000 rounds a minute.
The Navigation Bridge
Also called the “Pilot House”, it is from here that the ship’s helm is manned, that the complex moment-by-moment command and navigation of the ship through the seas is determined and controlled.
The 04 level bridge is where the Captain usually commands the ship from. The main instruments used included: a compass, a course indicator, shaft RPM indicators and an engine order telegraph to tell the engine room how fast to go.
I have a few more Pearl Harbor/Ford Island memorials I’ll be posting soon.