The Mighty Mo is here to stay for the next 25 years.
The USS Missouri Memorial Association signed a lease agreement with the U.S. Navy for the historic USS Missouri to remain in Pearl Harbor through Dec. 31, 2041.
The new lease – signed on March 30 but retroactively taking effect Jan. 1 – allows the battleship to stay berthed at Pier Foxtrot-5 in Battleship Row, telling a very important story of World War II: The USS Arizona marking the beginning of the U.S. entry into the war and the USS Missouri marking the end.
“We appreciate the Navy working with us to secure the long-term future of the Battleship Missouri Memorial in Pearl Harbor,” said Michael Carr, president and CEO of the USS Missouri Memorial Association, in a statement.
“This 25-year lease is a significant achievement for the preservation of the famed Mighty Mo and what our association seeks to achieve. This agreement allows us to incorporate more of the pier and surrounding structures into the historical experience of Pearl Harbor, Ford Island and the USS Missouri.”
As part of the agreement, the association also plans on adding an administrative center that will house artifacts to further its goal of preserving the ship and crew’s history.
The Mighty Mo is best known as the battleship where Japan formally surrendered the war in Tokyo Bay on Sept. 2, 1945.