The Battleship Missouri, the site of the Japanese surrender to the Allied Forces in World War II, is undergoing a restoration project, one that will be carried out with no impact on tours of the memorial.
The USS Missouri Memorial Association, which operates and maintains the site located at Pearl Harbor, is executing a $3 million project to restore the ship's aft superstructure. The refurbishment will bring the ship closer to its appearance and condition prior to its 1992 decommissioning and help prepare the USS Missouri to host the nation's 75th anniversary of the ceremony commemorating the end of World War II on Sept. 2, 2020.
Japanese representatives signed the Formal Instrument of Surrender aboard the Missouri on Sept. 2, 1945, officially ending the war.
The aft superstructure is the Missouri's second-tallest section, standing about 80 feet above the main deck. The work includes the tesoring the main battery fire control tower, repairing and replacing severely corroded steel, and installing of a replica radome used to operate the Missouri's remotely piloted vehicle, and the re-installation of a communication antenna. The project is scheduled for completion in August.
Restoration work will be conducted in the evening hours after the Battleship Missouri Memorial has closed for the day.
"The admission fees paid by guests who come to experience the incredible history of the USS Missouri have made this vital preservation of the aft superstructure possible," Michael Carr, president and CEO of the USS Missouri Memorial Association, said in a statement. "We thank the public, the Navy and our neighbors throughout Pearl Harbor for their continued support, as we fulfill our mission on behalf of the Missouri and all those she protected during her half-century of service to our nation."
The Battleship Missouri Memorial opened in 1999 and chronicles the vessel's five decades of service spanning World War II, the Korean War and Desert Storm. For more information, visit USSMissouri.org.