• Tomahawk Deck

    During USS Missouri’s 1980s modernization, platforms were constructed on the superstructure amidships and aft to accommodate eight 4-missile Armored Box Launchers (ABLs) for a total of 32 missiles.

    Tomahawk Missiles
    Tomahawks are long range, subsonic cruise missiles, used for land attack warfare with a range of approximately 675 nautical miles and capable of carrying a 1,000 lb. explosive warhead.

    Tomahawks use an inertial and terrain contour-matching (TERCOM) guidance system to find their target.

    Tomahawk Specifications:
    Type: BGM-109 series, with Mark 143 Armored Box Launchers
    Missile Type: TLAM-C
    Range: 675 Nautical Miles (776.77 statute miles) (1250 km)
    Cruising Speed: 0.5 Mach (383.6 mph)
    Warhead Section: 980lbs. (444 kg)

    Harpoon Missiles
    Four 4-missile Harpoon launchers were also installed aboard during modernization. The AGM-84D Harpoon missile is an all-weather, over-the-horizon, anti-ship missile system with a range of more than 60 nautical miles and capable of carrying a 488 lb. explosive warhead.

    Harpoon Specifications:
    Type: RGM-84 series, with Mark 141 launchers
    Firing Rate: 4 in 18 seconds
    Maximum Range: 65-75 nautical miles (74-86 statute miles) (119-138 km)
    Cruising Speed: 0.87 Mach (667.5 mph)
    Firing Weight: 1,530lbs. (694 kg)

    DID YOU MO?: Twenty-eight Tomahawk missiles were fired from the ship during the Persian Gulf War in 1991. No Harpoon missiles were ever fired in combat, just one during a training exercise.

    Signal Bridge
    The 03 level also includes the Signal Bridge, providing necessary visual communication to other ships at sea using signal lights, signal flags, and semaphore.