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(CVL-22) USS Independence

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(CVL-22) USS Independence Empty (CVL-22) USS Independence

Post  Kiwi's son on Thu Jan 21, 2010 7:37 am


Class and type: Independence class light carrier
Displacement: 10,662 tons standard,
14,751 tons loaded
Length: 623 ft (190 m)
Beam: 71.5 ft (21.8 m) (waterline)
109.2 ft (33.3 m) (extreme)
Draught: 24.3 ft (7.4 m)
Draft: 26 ft (7.9 m)
Propulsion: General Electric turbines, 4 shafts, 4 boilers; 100,000 shp
Speed: 31 knots (57 km/h)
Range: 13,000 nautical miles (24,000 km) at 15 knots (28 km/h)
Complement: 1,569 officers and men (inc. air group)
Armament: 26 × Bofors 40 mm guns
Aircraft carried: Up to 30;
9 bombers
9 torpedo-bombers
12 fighters


Begun as light cruiser Amsterdam, CL-59, she was launched as CV-22 on 22 August 1942 by New York Shipbuilding Corporation, Camden, New Jersey, sponsored by Mrs. Rawleigh Warner, and commissioned 14 January 1943, Captain G. R. Fairlamb, Jr., in command.

The first of a new class of carriers converted from cruiser hulls, Independence conducted shakedown training in the Caribbean. She then steamed through the Panama Canal to join the Pacific Fleet, arriving San Francisco 3 July 1943. Independence got underway for Pearl Harbor 14 July, and after 2 weeks of vital training exercises sailed with carriers Essex (CV-9) and Yorktown (CV-10) for a devastating raid on Marcus Island[1][2]. Planes from the carrier force struck 1 September and destroyed over 70 percent of the installations on the island. The carrier began her next operation, a similar strike against Wake Island 5 October to 6 October as CVL-22, having been redesignated 15 July 1943[1][2].
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