USS Intrepid (CV 11)
Aircraft Carrier of the Essex class
|Navy||The US Navy|
|Built by||Newport News Shipbuilding and Dry Dock Co. (Newport News, Virginia, U.S.A.)|
|Ordered||3 Jul 1940|
|Laid down||1 Dec 1941|
|Launched||26 Apr 1943|
|Commissioned||16 Aug 1943|
|End service||15 Mar 1974|
Decommissioned 22 March 1947.
USS Intrepid won fame in the Pacific in World War II as the "Fighting I." She survived numerous kamikaze and bomb hits. The carrier fought in the Battle for Leyte Gulf in October 1944. Her combat record includes the sinking of two Japanese battleships and numerous other vessels, as well as the destruction of more than 600 enemy aircraft.
Intrepid served three combat tours off Vietnam and twice as NASA Prime Recovery Ship for the manned space program.
She was decommissioned in 1974, but was assigned by Congress as the Bicentennial Exposition Ship at the Philadelphia Navy Yard in 1975-76. USS Intrepid embarked on her second career as a sea air space museum in New York City in 1982. On her flight deck are more than 30 aircraft representing all of the U.S. armed services as well as British, French and Soviet jet fighters. This collection features an A-12 blackbird flown by the CIA throughout the Cold War. Permanent and rotating exhibits on Intrepid's hangar deck depict the past, present and future of military technology. Other displays honor all who have served this nation in uniform. USS Intrepid is a National Historic Landmark.
Commands listed for USS Intrepid (CV 11)
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|1||Capt. Thomas Lamison Sprague, USN||16 Aug 1943||28 Mar 1944|
|2||Richard Kenna Gaines, USN||28 Mar 1944||19 May 1944|
|3||Capt. William Dodge Sample, USN||19 May 1944||30 May 1944|
|4||Joseph Francis Bolger, USN||30 May 1944||15 Feb 1945|
|5||Capt. Giles Ezra Short, USN||15 Feb 1945||31 Jan 1946|
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