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USS INTREPID   (CV-11)
(later CVA-11 and CVS-11)



Flag Hoist/Radio Call Sign: November - Bravo - Quebec - Kilo
Tactical Voice Radio Call: "ATLAS"


CLASS - ESSEX (Short Hull)
Displacement 27,100 Tons, Dimensions, 872' (oa) x 93' x 28' 7" (Max)
Armament 12 x 5"/38AA, 32 x 40mm, 46 x 20mm, 82 Aircraft.
Armor, 4" Belt, 2 1/2" Hanger deck, 1 1/2" Deck, 1 1/2" Conning Tower.
Machinery, 150,000 SHP; Westinghouse Geared Turbines, 4 screws
Speed, 33 Knots, Crew 3448.

Operational and Building Data
Built by Newport News. Laid down 1 Dec 1941, launched 26 Apr 1943, commissioned 16 August 1943. SCB 27C reconstruction at Newport News started 9 April 1952, completed and recommissioned 20 June 1954. Redesignated as an attack carrier (CVA 11) 1 October 1952 while in overhaul. SCB 125 angled deck modernization at New York Navy 9/1956 to 2 May 1957. Redesignated as an ASW carrier (CVS 11) 31 Mar 1962. FRAM II life extension 3/1965 to 10/1965. Operated as light attack carrier with CVS designation off Vietnam.

FATE: Decommissioned to reserve, 15 March 1974; was last CVS in service. Donated as a Museum and Memorial, and ownership transferred to Sea*Air*Space Museum, 27 April 1981. Stricken upon transfer of custody to Museum, 23 March 1982. Preserved at Sea*Air*Space Museum in New York City. Listed on the National Register of Historic Places, ref. no. 86000082, and designated a National Historic Landmark, 14 January 1986.


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The Early Years — World War II
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USS Intrepid (CV-11), World War II.

Overhead plan and starboard profile meticulously drawn by John Robert Barrett. Available from Navy Yard Associates (if you decide to purchase artwork from them please indicate that you heard about their work from NavSource).

Navy Yard Associates
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USS Intrepid (CV-11) off Newport News, Virginia, on 16 August 1943, the day she went into commission.

U.S. Naval Historical Center Photograph (# NH 53254).

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On her way to the Norfolk Navy Yard, back from her training cruise, 25 November 1943, Intrepid is seen passing Old Point Comfort at Hampton Roads. As completed, she had four tall lattice masts, supporting radio antennas, which could be hinged outboard during flight operations. She is camouflaged in Measure 21.

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Crewmen prepare to load a 2000-pound general-purpose bomb in the bomb bay of a TBM "Avenger" aircraft, 27 January 1944. Intrepid was then en route to support the invasion of Roi and Namur Islands, Kwajalein Atoll. Note inscriptions on the bomb, from Torpedoman 3rd Class R.A. Franco, addressed to "Hon. Hirohito, Imperial Palace, Tokyo". Also note flame reducer on the plane's exhaust port, and landing gear details.

Official U.S. Navy Photograph, now in the collections of the National Archives (photo # 80-G-227134).

NHC
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The night of 17 February 1944 an aerial torpedo struck Intrepid's starboard quarter, 15 feet below her waterline, flooding several compartments and jamming her rudder hard to port. By racing her port screw and idling her starboard engine, Captain Thomas L. Sprague kept her on course until two days later strong winds swung her back and forth and tended to weathercock her with her bow pointed toward Tokyo. Sprague later confessed: "Right then I wasn't interested in going in that direction." At this point the crew fashioned a jury-rig sail of hatch covers and scrap canvas which swung Intrepid about and held her on course. Decorated by her crazy-quilt sail, the carrier stood into Pearl Harbor 24 February 1944.

Read "Forward repair of rudder damage" at the Researcher @ Large website.

Tracy White
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Damage to the starboard side of the 3rd deck aft caused by the torpedo hit of 17 February 1944. This view was taken looking aft from the CPOs mess (stations 184–192).

USN photo.

Gerd Matthes, Germany
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USS Intrepid (CV-11) operating in the Philippine Sea in November 1944. Note F6F Hellcat fighter parked on an outrigger forward of her island. In this picture Intrepid is camouflaged to Measure 32, Design 3A.

(Thanks to Robert Hurst, who provided additional info).

Official U.S. Navy Photograph, from the collections of the Naval Historical Center (photo # NH 97468).

NHC
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Japanese Kamikaze suicide plane disintegrates in flames after hitting USS Intrepid (CV-11), during operations off the Philippines on 25 November 1944. Collection of Fleet Admiral Chester W. Nimitz.

Official U.S. Navy Photograph, from the collections of the Naval Historical Center (photo # NH 62958).

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As seen from USS New Jersey (BB-62), USS Intrepid (CV-11) belching smoke and fire after being hit by a Japanese kamikaze off Northern Luzon, P.I., 25 November 1944.

Pieter Bakels
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USS Intrepid (CV-11) crew clear away wreckage from the hangar deck, following a fire resulting from the attack of two kamikaze aircraft, 25 November 1944. Six officers and 59 Sailors were killed in the attack but Intrepid maintained station, and in less than two hours had extinguished the blaze.

U.S. Navy photo (# 270841).

Gerd Matthes, Germany
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USS Intrepid (CV-11) continues operations near Luzon despite kamikaze hit, 25 November 1944.

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USS Chicopee (AO-34) refueling USS Intrepid (CV-11) to port while simultaneously refueling USS Norman Scott (DD-690) to starboard, Pacific Ocean, 10 April 1945.

Pieter Bakels
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Okinawa Campaign, March-June 1945 — USS Intrepid (CV-11) afire, after she was hit by a Kamikaze off Okinawa on 16 April 1945. Photographed from USS Alaska (CB-1), as a Fletcher-class destroyer steams by in the foreground.

Official U.S. Navy Photograph, now in the collections of the National Archives (photo # 80-G-328441).

Scott Dyben
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USS Alaska (CB-1) cruising in company with USS Intrepid (CV-11), April 16, 1945. The carrier is smoking from an earlier kamikaze strike and is getting ready to retire homeward for repairs, via Ulithi and Pearl Harbor. The plane is a Helldiver returning to USS Bennington (CV-20).

USN
After SCB-27C Modernization
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A Vought F7U-3M Cutlass of Fighter Squadron (VF) 83 launches from the aircraft carrier USS Intrepid (CVA-11) in 1954.

U.S Navy photo from U.S. Naval Aviation, edited by M. Hill Goodspeed (National Museum of Naval Aviation).

Robert Hurst
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USS Intrepid (CVA-11) operating off Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, 9 February 1955, shortly after her SCB-27C modernization. F2H "Banshee" jet fighters are on her flight deck.

Official U.S. Navy Photograph, now in the collections of the National Archives (photo # 80-G-659612).

Scott Dyben
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USS Intrepid (CVA-11) underway, possibly during her May-November 1955 Med cruise. USS Salem (CA-139) is in the background.

Bob Daly/
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USS Intrepid (CVA-11) prepares to launch a McDonnell F2H-2 "Banshee" jet fighter from the starboard catapult, June 1956. Note details of the carrier's island, including radar antennas.

Official U.S. Navy Photograph, now in the collections of the National Archives (photo # 80-G-K-20593).

Scott Dyben
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After SCB-125 Modernization (1957-1961)
NATO Exercise Strike Back, 1957

USS Intrepid (CVA-11) deployed, 3 September-22 October 1957, to take part in NATO's Operation Strike Back, the largest peacetime naval exercise up to that time in history. Strike Back involved some 150 ships from six countries (Canada, The Netherlands, France, Norway, the United Kingdom and the United States) including nine large aircraft carriers: HMS Ark Royal, HMS Eagle, HMS Bulwark, USS Forrestal (CVA-59), USS Saratoga (CVA-60), USS Essex (CVA-9), USS Intrepid (CVA-11), USS Wasp (CVS-18) and USS Tarawa (CVS-40).

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Departing Norfolk, September 3, 1957, for Operation Strike Back.

Photos by Glenn Herzenach PNSN, USN (USS Intrepid, 1957-1958).

Submitted by Robert Hall.
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Sequence showing final approach and landing of a F2H-3 Banshee of VF-71, in the North Atlantic.

Note two-letter tail code on aircraft of Carrier Air Group Six (CVG-6). Although officially introduced per MIL-I-18464B(Aer), 30 September 1958, examples could already be seen in the second half of 1957. CVG-6's tail code was changed from "C" to "AF." The effective date was most likely the beginning of FY 58 (1 July 1957).

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Two Grumman F9F-8B Cougar of VA-66 "Waldomen" and three North American FJ-3 Fury of VF-33 "Astronauts" parked on deck, North Atlantic. The empty "slot" marks the point where another FJ-3 fell overboard.

Both squadrons received new aircraft shortly after Strike Back: VA-66 transitioned to the Douglas A4D-1 Skyhawk and VF-33 transitioned to the short-lived Grumman F11F-1 Tiger.

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Four North American FJ-3 Fury and a Douglas AD-6 Skyraider of VA-25. North Atlantic.

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Take off, North Atlantic.

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North American FJ-3 Fury taking off. North Atlantic.

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One of the "Fleet Angels" of HU-2 takes off.

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An AD-5W Skyraider of VAW-12 "Bats" landing on USS Intrepid.

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Arriving Brest, France, October 1957. Parked on deck are F2H-3 Banshees of VF-71 and F9F-8B Cougars of VA-66 "Waldomen."

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Off Brest, France.

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From the fantail.

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Flight deck.

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Glenn Herzenach, PNSN.


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Mayport, Fla., September 1958.

Dennis Marshall, however, comments: "I was aboard the USS Intrepid from 1956 to 1959. The ship was never in Mayport, Fla. during those years. [...] Intrepid was in the northern Atlantic on operation Strikeback in late 1957 with yours truly aboard. We returned to Norfolk in early 1958 and continued workup off Virgina Beach. I do not have the exact dates, however the ship deployed for the Mediterranean from Norfolk, Va. in late 1958 and returned in 1959 several weeks prior to the end of my enlistment on 30 September 1959. It may be that the ship left Norfolk for Mayport in the months or year later."

Anonymous.

Color restored by Roy Thomas.
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113k Nitro (AE-23) replenishing Intrepid (CV-11). US Navy photo, circa 1960-1962. Joe Radigan, MACM USN Ret
CVA-62 Independence, CVA-60 Saratoga, CVA-11 Intrepid
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USS Independence (CVA-62), USS Saratoga (CVA-60), and USS Intrepid (CVA-11) (listed from bottom to top) underway in 1961, with crewmen paraded on deck in a spellout commemorating the 50th birthday of Naval Aviation.

Official U.S. Navy Photograph, from the collections of the Naval Historical Center. (# NH 97716).

NHC
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USS Intrepid (CVA-11) appears in the background of these photos taken in Norfolk, mid-1961, by PH3 Larry Blumenthal, to check out some new lenses. The name of his fellow photographer escapes Larry at the moment.

Courtesy of
Larry Blumenthal, PH3, 1957–61.
"US Navy Photos"
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Welcome Aboard
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Welcome Aboard the Anti-Submarine Warfare Support Aircraft Carrier USS Intrepid (CVS-11), "The Fighting I." (1962).

Robert M. Cieri
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In 1968-1969 USS Intrepid (CVS-11), "The Fighting I," was operating as an attack carrier under Captain V. F. Kelley, with Carrier Air Wing 10 aboard.

Robert M. Cieri
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In 1969-1970 USS Intrepid (CVS-11), "The Fighting I," was operating as an ASW carrier under Captain H. N. Moore, Jr.

Robert M. Cieri
Patches
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USS Intrepid (CVS-11), In Mare, In Coelo.

Robert M. Cieri

For more photos and information about this ship, see:

USS INTREPID CV-11 History
View This Vessels
DANFS History Entry
(Located On The Hazegray & Underway Web Site, This Is The Main Archive For The DANFS Online Project.)

Crew Contact and Reunion Information
Date:  
Place:  
Contact: Mr. Peter Giambalvo
Address: 21 Spencer Way, Kings Park N.Y.
Phone: 631 360 0766
E-mail: intrepidpete2000@yahoo.com
Web site: USS Intrepid Association
Remarks:  


Additional Resources
Hazegray & Underway World Aircraft Carrier Pages By Andrew Toppan.
Official U.S. Navy Carrier Website
USS Intrepid Association
Researcher @ Large Website

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