USS Independence
 CV-62
                
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  Independence: Freedom of control by others; self-government.
Motto: "Freedom's Flagship"


A port bow view of the aircraft carrier USS Independence (CV-62) underway in the Caribbean Sea, 19 January 1979.
US Navy photo by PH1 Lincoln

USS INDEPENDENCE was the fourth and last ship in the FORRESTAL - class of aircraft carriers. The fifth US Navy ship to bear the name, the INDEPENDENCE was commissioned as attack aircraft carrier CVA 62 and redesignated as multi-purpose aircraft carrier CV 62 on June 30, 1975. USS INDEPENDENCE was last homeported in Yokosuka, Japan, and is now laid-up at the Naval Inactive Ship Maintenance Facility at Bremerton, Wash. Because of the poor material condition at the time of her decommissioning, the Navy decided not to retain the INDEPENDENCE for future use as a museum. Initial plans were to sink INDEPENDENCE as a target. In December 2010, however, the Navy decided to scrap the INDEPENDENCE.

Keel Laid: July 1, 1955 Launched: June 6, 1958 Builder: New York Naval Shipyard, Brooklyn, N.Y.

Commissioned: January 10, 1959  Decommissioned: September 30, 1998

Displacement: approx. 80,000 tons full load  Speed: 30+ knots

Length, overall: 1,069 feet  Flight Deck Width: 270 feet  Beam: 129 feet at hull. Draft: 37,7 feet

Propulsion: [8] Babcock and Wilcox boilers [4] Westinghouse geared turbines,

                  [4] shafts, 280,000 shaft. [2] Rudders  [4]Propellers: [5] Blades on each Propeller.

                  [4] Aircraft elevators: [4] Catapults: [4] Arresting gear cables:  Planes: approx. 85
Complement: 3,126 (ship's crew) plus 2,089 (air wing) plus 70 (flag staff) plus 72 (Marines)
Armament: 8x 5"/54 caliber Mark 42 guns (127 mm) (removed) 2× 8 NATO Sea Sparrow 3× Phalanx CIWS

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This aerial view of the existing vessel is enlarged from a 2009 photo at Bremerton, WA.


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