This was a highlight of my recent trip to Hawaii. As I boarded the ship I was instantly amazed by its size... It is HUGE!! As you walk through the various cabins, dining areas and throughout the ships sleeping quarters you instantly experience feelings of how tough it would have been for the young soldiers. The aft deck houses three 410mm gun turrets and provides some great photo opportunities. It was also great to see the area where a kamikaze plane struck the starboard side of the ship and where General MacArthur signed the Japanese Instrument to surrender, and the plaques commemorating this important event in history. There are various areas of information within and around the ship and the staff are very knowledgeable and more than happen to take questions and explain the vessels history and tours of duty. A day to remember!!
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