Nov 07, 2012
Jan 10, 2013
Today we finished off our Pearl Harbour visit by doing a tour of the USS Missouri the last Battleship in the world to be decommissioned and, importantly, the site of the signing of the Japanese surrender at the end of World War 2. Might Mo, as she is nicknamed' is open to the public, although, of course large areas are 'off limits' to the general public. Even with that restriction, there is still a great deal to be seen, and we were on board for about 3 hours all up. We did a tour using iPads, supplied by the Missouri museum, and they took you to the most important sites, and gave you additional video background and interviews with serving crewmen. It was fascinating to see that a warship that had seen service during the second world war, was still able to provide surface support, bombardment and missile launch missions as late as 1992, when she was decommissioned for a second time. Although we thoroughly enjoyed ourselves (Deborah perhaps slightly less than I did), it was frustrating to be so limited in where you were able to go. I hope that more sections of the ship are able to be opened up as restoration progresses - it must be a daunting task simply keeping up with the maintenance, let alone doing restoration. A real eye-opener was the control room and bridge - the ship was steered and captained from a post that was encased in 15 inch plate armour, with slits providing vision outside. Simultaneously, it was probably the most protected, most uncomfortable and most claustrophobic place to be in during battle. We came back to Aulani, where we had tea (crab cakes, prawns, tuna and salmon, along with a couple of cocktails each - yum!). Now it is time to do the laundry, check our flight times and work out our transfers - tomorrow we check out of Aulani and fly to L.A.