Independence: Freedom of
control by others; self-government.
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
redesignated as multi-purpose aircraft carrier CV 62 on June 30, 1975.
INDEPENDENCE was last homeported in Yokosuka, Japan,
now laid-up at the Naval Inactive Ship Maintenance Facility at
Because of the poor material condition at the time of her
Navy decided not to retain the INDEPENDENCE for future use as a museum.
plans were to sink INDEPENDENCE as a target. In December 2010, however,
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:  Babcock and Wilcox boilers  Westinghouse geared turbines,
 shafts, 280,000 shaft.  Rudders Propellers:  Blades on each Propeller.
elevators:  Catapults:  Arresting gear cables: Planes: