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Lesser-Known Facts About USS Arizona

May 14, 2021 ·  
Today, the rusting hulk of the battleship USS Arizona (BB-39) sits at the bottom of Pearl Harbor. The USS Arizona Memorial, honoring the 1,177 men who perished when the ship exploded and sank during the attack of December 7, 1941, stands directly above. Those who visit the memorial may think they’ve heard everything there is […]
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Lesser-Known Facts About USS Missouri

May 14, 2021 ·  
A tour of the Battleship Missouri at Pearl Harbor brings with it an abundance of information. While schools teach the main events of World War II, it’s unlikely that the curriculum calls for an in-depth look at the USS Missouri (BB-63), one of the most iconic ships of the conflict. While nothing beats an in-person […]
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When a Ship Is Decommissioned

May 14, 2021 ·  
The life cycle of a US Navy ship begins when its keel is laid down for construction. After construction is completed, she’s launched into the open water, where she undergoes a shakedown cruise to test her performance at sea. Finally, when she's deemed to be ready, the ship is commissioned into service. This is the […]
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Why Is the Battleship Missouri at Pearl Harbor?

March 06, 2020 ·  
On September 2, 1945, representatives of the United States and the Allied nations met with Japanese officials for the signing of the Instrument of Surrender. It was the event that officially ended World War II. The ceremony took place aboard the USS Missouri (BB-63), a battleship that would go on to have a long and […]
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Understanding US Navy Ship Designations

March 04, 2020 ·  
For a civilian, understanding the terminology used by the United States Navy can seem complicated. When it comes to something as simple as the naming of ships, there’s a lot to consider For instance, we know USS Arizona by the name she was given when she was commissioned into service. When you start to research […]
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A Complete Guide to Pearl Harbor Tours

February 05, 2020 ·  
To get the most of your time at Pearl Harbor, an organized tour is highly recommended. It’s the most efficient way to explore the history of December 7, 1941. To help you prepare for your visit, we’ve compiled this definitive guide to Pearl Harbor tours that covers what there is to see, which tours include […]
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New Ships To Bear the Names Arizona and Oklahoma

January 25, 2020 ·  
It’s been over 75 years since a US Navy ship named USS Arizona or USS Oklahoma was in service. After being destroyed during the Pearl Harbor attack on December 7, 1941, the two battleships that bore those names were never returned to service. USS Arizona (BB-39) still sits on the bottom of Pearl Harbor where she […]
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Battleship Missouri Marked a Major Milestone

January 10, 2020 ·  
On December 28, 2019, the Battleship Missouri marked a major milestone as she welcomed her nine-millionth visitor, a number that shows just how popular Pearl Harbor Historic Sites are. The history of USS Missouri (BB-63) begins not with the attack on Pearl Harbor, but later in the course of the War in the Pacific, when […]
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The Battleship That Never Was

November 19, 2019 ·  
As tensions rose across the Pacific in the run-up to the outbreak of war, the Imperial Japanese Navy tried to intimidate the United States with the massive Yamato-class battleship. Little was known about the new class of battleship, though it was rumored to have battery configurations that violated the Second London Naval Treaty, which Japan […]
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How Battleships Were Named

September 26, 2019 ·  
When learning about the ships that were at Pearl Harbor on December 7, 1941, you may start to wonder about some of their names. For example, you might be thinking about how battleships were named. The history of the US Navy goes back more than 200 years, and in that time, many vessels have come […]
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