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USS Missouri was an Iowa-class battleship laid down on January 6, 1941 and launched on January 29, 1944. It was commissioned for the first time on June 11, 1944 under Capt. William Callaghan’s command with the hull number BB-63 and served in the US Navy for 17 years until it was decommissioned on March 31, 1992. During its activity, the ship carried a complement of 2,700 men on board and had the main missions in Ulithi, Okinawa, Guam, Gibraltar, Phaleron Bay, Algiers, Tangiers or Norfolk. After the decommissioning, the ship was struck from the Navy Register on January 12, 1995 and subsequently used as a museum ship in Pearl Harbor. For the services brought to the country during its activity, USS Missouri received 11 battle stars.