One of the world's most historic warships, the battleship Missouri, will be open for visitors Saturday at the Long Beach Naval Shipyard to anyone who picks up a free ticket from any of the Navy recruiting offices in Los Angeles County, a Navy spokesman said.
The 45-year-old ship won a place in history in September, 1945, in Tokyo Bay when Japanese government officials came aboard and signed the surrender documents that ended World War II. The Iowa-class battleship is one of four that were recommissioned under President Reagan's defense buildup.
Armed with the most powerful guns afloat in the world, the Missouri completed an around-the-world shakedown cruise in 1986 and operated in support of shipping operations in the Persian Gulf in 1987, according to the spokesman.
Tours will be held from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. The spokesman urged anyone interested in obtaining tickets to telephone their local Navy recruiting office to arrange for them.