To help determine which battleship appeared beside KAWISHIWI, Jim Barton sent the 1986 photo at left, taken during RIMPAC 88. NEW JERSEY is the forward ship followed by MISSOURI.
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Jims Words-5-5-06:The ship in photo above has twin Phalanx weapon systems port side forward and starboard side aft which is consistent with the conversion of the Iowa-class battleships. The four Iowa-class battleships were converted in the 1980s to Tomahawk and Phalanx was added for defense. Iowa (BB-61) was converted and recommissioned in 1984 and became an Atlantic Fleet asset. New Jersey (BB-62) was converted and recommissioned in 1982 and became an Atlantic Fleet asset. Missouri (BB-63) was converted and recommissioned in 1986 and was a Pacific Fleet asset. It participated in Desert Storm and was present in Pearl Harbor for the 50th anniversary celebration in 1991. Wisconsin (BB-64) was converted and recommissioned in 1988. It also participated in Desert Storm.
Therefore the top photo was taken
post 1982 because of the conversion. That means Kawishiwi was a TAO
when the photo was taken.
So, where was top photo taken and when? It is hard to say. I’ll bet Kawishiwi operated with all four battleships at one time or another between the conversion of the first one in 1982 and Kawishiwi’s decommissioning.
All four battleships saw
deployment to the Persian Gulf after conversion. Given
the Nimitz-class carrier and Aegis cruiser in the
background, the picture was taken either as a part of a Pacific
exercise series (like RIMPAC) or on deployment in the Arabian
Sea/Persian Gulf. Kawishiwi participated in RIMPAC 88 with New Jersey and likely many others. My best guess is this
might be an Arabian Sea/Persian Gulf photo:
On 5-7-06 Vern received email from
photo originator: Warren Willis CWO4 USN
Ret. Notes around photo were then revised.
This is Missouri in 1950
of Wonsan Korea. 4 years later, Vern set foot on her while stationed in
Norfolk. a classmate, Lyle was stationed aboard.
He remembers walking around the forward turret to the starboard side and entering her bowels. He used the head which had a long trough with running water.
Missouri displaying her SEARCH PLANE fixtures
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