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Promotion/Commissioning

Promotion/Commissioning Details

Promotions/Commissionings onboard the Battleship Missouri are offered as two different ceremony types: 30-minute standing ceremonies and 1-hour seated ceremonies.

30-minute Standing Ceremonies

The first ceremony starts at 0800 and the last ceremony starts at 1530. The ceremony will take place on the Main Deck of the ship in 3 possible locations or on the pier in 1 possible location; no
ceremonial equipment is allowed.

Gun Turret 1

Located forward of the ship, near the bow, this location is only available from 0800-0830.

Surrender Deck

Located where the signing of the surrender documents took place officially ending of World
War II, this location is only available from 0800-0830.

Gun Turret 3

Located aft of the ship, near the fantail, this location is available in half hour increments
starting at 0800 up till 1530.

Forward Pier

Located on the forward Pier, close to the Arizona Memorial, this location is available in half hour
increments starting at 0800 until 1530.

If you would like a United States flag for your 30-minute standing ceremony, you must provide your own. Flag stands are not allowed on the teak wood deck. It is best to have two personnel hold the flag for display.
Food and beverages other than bottled water are not permitted.
*For small groups the CPO Mess/Lounge or Radio Room may be requested for promotion/commissioning.
*For those interested in a reception after their ceremony please inquire for more information on the Ready Room or Forward Pier Tents.

1-hour Seated Ceremonies

The first ceremony starts at 0830 and the last ceremony starts at 1430. The ceremony will take place on the Fantail of the ship. These ceremonies require a site visit to review ship protocol, the venue space and a signed contract.

Fantail

Located aft of the ship, the Fantail can accommodate up to 250 guests.
Available in the morning for a ceremony time 0830-0930 or 1030-1130 and the afternoon for a ceremony time of 1230-1330 or 1430-1530.

After the ceremony, a reception may be held on the Fantail; where desserts and bottled water can be served. Catering is allowed at the reception by an authorized caterer, please inquire for the list of authorized caterers.
The following ceremonial equipment is available at no cost:

• Podiums (2)
• 5-Flag Flag stand
• 3-Flag Flag stand
• National flag
• All service flags
• 250 Chairs
• Sound System with speakers
• Wireless microphones (2)
• Awards table
• Ceremonial bell and bell stand
• Red carpet (2)
• Ceremonial side-boy bullets (6

A working party is required for set up and tear down of all equipment. We recommend a minimum crew of two individuals.
We process requests for ceremonies by the order in which the Military Request Form is received.
If you have any questions or would like to turn in the form, please email military@ussmissouri.org or call (808) 455-1600 ext 220.

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