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NavSource Online: Aircraft Carrier Photo Archive


Contributed by Mike Smolinski

USS INDEPENDENCE   (CVA-62)
(later CV-62)



Flag Hoist/Radio Call Sign: November - November - Quebec - November
Tactical Voice Radio Call: "GUN TRAIN"


CLASS - FORRESTAL
Displacement 56,000 Tons, Dimensions, 1046' 6" (oa) x 129' 1" x 37' (Max)
Armament 8 x 5"/54, 100 Aircraft.
Armor, Unknown.
Machinery, 280,000 SHP; Geared Turbines, 4 screws
Speed, 34 Knots, Crew 3800 - 4280.

Operational and Building Data

Built by New York Navy. Laid down on Friday, 1 July 1955; launched on Friday, 6 June 1958; commissioned on Saturday, 10 Jan 1959. Redesignated as a multimission carrier (CV 62) on Wednesday, 28 February 1973, after being modified to operate ASW aircraft. SLEP at Philadelphia Navy Yard 4/1985 to mid-1988.

Replaced Midway as forward-deployed carrier in Japan, 1991. Island was extensively enlarged during SLEP and other modernizations. Replaced by Kitty Hawk in July 1998 and decommissioned to reserve on 30 September 1998. Struck from the Navy list on 8 March 2004.

Status: Stricken, to be disposed of (Maintenance Category X).
Berth: NAVSEA Inactive Ships On-site Maintenance Office, Bremerton, WA.


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Namesake
CV-22 Independence
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CVA-62 was named after "famous ships of the past" that had borne the name Independence.

The first American Independence was a Continental Navy sloop built in Baltimore, Maryland, and purchased and fitted out by the Marine Committee.

Image from Naval Aviation News, October 1957 issue
Design & Construction
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The future USS Independence (CVA-62) under construction, New York Navy Yard. Photo is dated 21 September 1955.

Robert Benoit,
U.S. Navy PH-2, 1957–1960
CVA-62 Independence
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"BIG MOVE: In Brooklyn, N.Y.—Navy tugs maneuvered the new supercarrier Independence to a new location in the Brooklyn Navy Yard, where facilities are available to complete work on the flight deck. The 60,000-ton warship—fourth in a line of Forrestal-class carriers—is about 65 percent completed.—A.P. wirephoto." 26 August 1957.

Tommy Trampp
CVA-62 Independence
NS026260
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"Launching of carrier Independence was done in drydock, as with other large ships. First wetting of ship's keel was performed by opening flood gates."

Photo from All Hands magazine, October 1957 issue.

Text from All Hands magazine, August 1965 issue.

All Hands magazine
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"NEW YORK, June 7[, 1958]—SALUTE TO NAVY'S LATEST ADDITION—This is general view of crowd at christening ceremony for bunting-decorated 60,000[-ton] aircraft carrier Independence at Brooklyn Navy Yard yesterday. Sailor saluting the Navy's newest pride is Seaman Carrol Lee Soderquist of Detroit. (AP Wirephoto)(pr70840JR)1958"

Tommy Trampp
CVA-62 Independence
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Independence (CVA-62) during her first sea trials, September 1958.

Robert Benoit,
U.S. Navy PH-2, 1957–1960
CVA-62 Independence
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Independence (CVA-62) going under the Manhattan Bridge, New York, 1959. Note the tilted mast.

Robert Benoit,
U.S. Navy PH-2, 1957–1960
As CVA-62 (1959–1973)
CVA-62 Independence
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Leaving Brooklyn Navy Yard, February 1959.

From the collection of Edmund H. Cokely, CWO2, USN (Retired) who was Electrical Ship Superintendent for USS Independence.

John Dupre
CVA-62 Independence
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USS Independence (CVA-62) photographed in April 1959, during her shakedown cruise. Planes on deck include the following types: Douglas A3D Skywarrior (including Bu # 135420, an A3D-1); Douglas A4D-2 Skyhawk (including Bu #s 142708 and 142712); McDonnell F3H-2 Demon (including Bu #s 143434, 143447, 143448 and 143474); Vought F8U-1 Crusader (including Bu #s 145386 and 145429). Note paint pattern on the carrier's landing path.

Official U.S. Navy Photograph (# USN 1041841).

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USS Independence (CVA 62) with Carrier Air Group 7 (CVG-7) aboard, headed for Guantanamo Bay, Cuba. Official USN photograph, USN 1023567, dated April 1959. Released. From US Naval Photographic Center, US Naval Station, Washington DC.

David Buell
CVA-62 Independence
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Crew on Liberty Launch near "Gitmo," 1959.

Robert Benoit,
U.S. Navy PH-2, 1957–1960
CVA-62 Independence
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"While we were under way, I climbed onto a large antenna that hung down from the front corner of the flight deck. I pointed my camera toward the bow and took a shot. The wind was so strong it ripped the buttons off of my shirt. I found out later that it was a radio antenna and if someone would have sent a message I would have been fried. I was young and foolish."

Robert Benoit,
U.S. Navy PH-2, 1957–1960
CVA-62 Independence
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USS Independence (CVA-62) underway near "Gitmo," 1959, with Carrier Air Group (CVG) 7 aboard.

Robert Benoit,
U.S. Navy PH-2, 1957–1960
CVA-62 Independence
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USS Hawkins (DDR-873) alongside the newly-completed USS Independence (CVA-62) during replenishment exercises, May 1959.

Official U.S. Navy Photograph, from the collections of the Naval Historical Center (# NH 99066).

NHC
CVA-62 Independence
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Official US Navy Photograph #USN-1044587. This is a shot of two A3D-2 Skywarriors of the "Smokin' Tigers" VAH-1 getting ready to launch from USS Independence (CVA-62). This photo from the US Naval Photographic Center, US Naval Station Anacostia, Washington 25, D.C. is dated 9 October 1959. I believe this is the date that they received the photo, because I know that this photo was taken during Indy's shakedown cruise to Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, 22 April–30 June 1959.

Robert M. Cieri
CVA-62 Independence
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NS026253: Official U.S. Navy photograph of a Chance-Vought F8U-2 Crusader of Fighter Squadron (VF) 84 "Vagabonds"/"Jolly Rogers" preparing for a catapult launch aboard USS Independence (CVA-62). Believed to have been taken in the second half of 1959.

NS026254: U.S. Navy photo of Chance-Vought F8U-2 Crusaders of VF-84 "Vagabonds"/"Jolly Rogers" being prepared for launching from the carrier Independence. They have their wings pivoted up for take-off; in flight they will lower flush with the fuselage. The picture must have been taken in late 1959 or early 1960, as it appeared in the May 1960 issue of Naval Aviation News. Photo and partial text from Aircraft Carriers, by Norman Polmar.

VF-84 "Vagabonds" was established on 1 July 1955 and equipped with FJ-3 Furies. At the time, "Jolly Rogers" was the nickname of another fighter squadron, VF-61. The latter was disestablished on 15 April 1959 and its skipper, CDR R.T. Hoppe, assumed command of VF-84 the following month; a number of VF-61 pilots were transferred along with their commanding officer. Subsequently, a formal request to transfer the "Jolly Rogers" name and fin-flash over to VF-84 was submitted to the CNO. The request was approved on 1 April 1960, and VF-84 formally became the "Jolly Rogers" and acquired the skull and crossbones fin-flash. All of the squadron's Crusaders retained the fiery intakes, and the black band with yellow edging and chevrons of the old squadron, and got a small pirate flag painted on the fuselage, a symbolic merging of VF-84 and -61 designs. For further details on how the "Vagabonds" became the "Jolly Rogers," see "The Jolly Rogers": Past & Present, Gator! The F-8 Crusader, and Hijacking the Vagabonds of VF-84.

VF-84 was the first fleet unit to receive the F8U-2 (F-8C under the 1962 designation system) variant of the Crusader, 4 April 1959.

Robert M. Cieri
CVA-62 Independence
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131k Robert Hurst
CVA-62 Independence
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34k Profile view, undated. © Jim Clarke BT3
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).

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Naples, late May 1962.

Photo by Jack C. Sofield
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Crewmembers man the rail as the ship is visited by Prince Rainer and Princess Grace of Monaco, while anchored off Cannes, France, 5 July 1962. USS Compton (DD-705) is in the background.

Official U.S. Navy Photograph (# USN 1061608).

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CVA-62 Independence
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69k In July 1962, I was an AG-2 stationed aboard the USS Randolph (CVS-15). We were homeport out of Norfolk and operated as Task Group Alpha. In the Summer of 1962, Task Group Alpha went on a Med Cruise to give the USNA Middies a little at-sea time. While in the Med, we joined up with the USS Shangri-La (CVA-38) and USS Independence (CVA-62). With the three Carrier Task Forces combined, we had the largest gathering of US Naval Warships in the Med since the latter days of WWII. © Frank K. Roshto
CVA-62 Independence
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Official U.S. Navy photograph (#1061619) of USS Independence (CVA-62) in the Mediterranean with the Italian training ship Amerigo Vespucci. Dated 12 July 1962.

USN Photographic Center, US Naval Station, Washington 25, DC.

David Buell
CVA-62 Independence
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Color postcard of USS Independence (CVA-62) underway. Judging from aircraft on deck the photo might have been taken during the Cuban missile crisis (October–November 1962).

Omar Rubido (formerly) Armada Española
CVA-62 Independence
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USS Independence puts on a demonstration of air power in the Mediterranean in 1963. The formation includes three A-5 Vigilante attack aircraft followed by three F‑4B Phantom IIs, three F-8 Crusaders and three A-4 Skyhawks. U.S. Navy photo.

Photo and text from Aircraft Carriers, by Norman Polmar.

Robert Hurst
CVA-62 Independence
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USS Independence (CVA-62) underway, circa 1963–1964. (USN.)

Robert Hurst
CVA-62 Independence
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Official U.S. Navy photograph of an F-8C Crusader of VF-84 "Jolly Rogers" launching from USS Independence (CVA-62) in February 1964, during a Mediterranean cruise (6 August 1963–4 March 1964).

Robert M. Cieri
CVA-62 Independence
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USS Independence (CVA-62) is welcomed to New York Harbor by a fire tug, 3 July 1964. The carrier, whose rails are manned in this photo, was en route to a 4th of July visit to the World's Fair. Photographed by PH1 R.C. Lister.

Note that Independence has three types of attack aircraft embarked: A-1, A-4 and A-6, as well as F-4 and F-8 fighters and E-1 early warning planes.

Official U.S. Navy Photograph, from the collections of the Naval Historical Center. (# NH 97713).

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CVA-62 Independence
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44k Hampton Roads, Virginia, July 21, 1964. © Richard Leonhardt.
CVA-62 Independence
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59k An A-3B Skywarrior ("Whale"), BuNo 138974, assigned to VAH-11 "Checkertails" goes for #3 wire on USS Independence, probably in the second half of 1964. Good view of 5"/54 mounts. Edward Cleary
CVA-62 Independence
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An A-6A Intruder [(VA-75 "Sunday Punchers")] being catapulted from USS Independence (CVA-62) while an A-4E Skyhawk [(VA-86 "Sidewinders")] is readied for launching [, mid-1960s]. (PHC R.C.Lister, USN.)

Photo and text from Aircraft Carriers, by Norman Polmar.

Robert Hurst
CVA-62 Independence
NS026280
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An A-4 Skyhawk from the aircraft carrier USS Independence (CVA-62) starts to pull up after attacking railway rollings stock at Van Hoi, North Vietnam. U.S. Navy photo.

Photo and text from Aircraft Carriers, by Norman Polmar.

Robert Hurst
CVA-62 Independence
NS026278
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Jeremiah Andrew Denton, Jr. served as United States Naval Aviator during the Vietnam War and was the Commanding Officer of Attack Squadron Seventy-Five (VA-75) aboard the aircraft carrier USS Independence (CVA-62). On 18 July 1965, then-Commander Denton was flying an A-6A Intruder (Bureau Number 151577) off the Independence with Lieutenant (JG) Bill Tschudy, his navigator/bombardier, leading twenty-eight planes on a bombing mission. They ejected when their jet was shot down over the city of Thanh Hoa in North Vietnam, and they were captured and taken prisoner by the North Vietnamese. Denton and Tschudy were both held as prisoners of war for almost eight years, four of which were spent in solitary confinement. Denton is best known from this period of his life for the 1966 televised press conference in which he was forced to participate as an American POW by his North Vietnamese captors. He used the opportunity to communicate successfully and to confirm for the first time to the U.S. Office of Naval Intelligence and Americans that American POWs were being tortured in North Vietnam. He repeatedly blinked his eyes in Morse code during the interview, spelling out the word, "T-O-R-T-U-R-E". He was also questioned about his support for the U.S. war in Vietnam, to which he replied: "I don't know what is happening, but whatever the position of my government is, I support it fully. Whatever the position of my government, I believe in it, yes sir. I am a member of that government, and it is my job to support it, and I will as long as I live." While a prisoner, he was promoted to the rank of Captain. Denton was later awarded the Navy Cross and several other decorations, mostly for heroism while a prisoner of war. Denton was put in the "Hanoi Hilton" and the "Zoo" prison and prison camp and "Little Vegas" and "Alcatraz" prisons. In "Alcatraz", he became part of a group of American POWs known as the "Alcatraz Gang". The group consisted of James Mulligan, George Thomas Coker, George McKnight, James Stockdale, Harry Jenkins, Sam Johnson, Howard Rutledge, Robert Shumaker, Ronald Storz and Nels Tanner. They were put in "Alcatraz" and solitary confinement to separate them from other POWs because their strong resistance led other POWs in resisting their captors. "Alcatraz" was a special facility in a courtyard behind the North Vietnamese Ministry of National Defense, located about one mile away from Hoa Lo Prison. Each of the American POWs spent day and night in windowless 3-by-9-foot (0.91 m 2.74 m) cells mostly in irons. On February 12, 1973, both Denton and Tschudy were released in Hanoi by the North Vietnamese along with numerous other American POWs during Operation Homecoming. Stepping off the jet back home in uniform, Denton said: "We are honored to have had the opportunity to serve our country under difficult circumstances. We are profoundly grateful to our Commander-in-Chief and to our nation for this day. God bless America." The speech has a prominent place in the 1987 documentary, Dear America: Letters Home from Vietnam.

Following his retirement from naval service, Denton was a U.S. Senator from the State of Alabama (1981–1987). Rear Admiral Denton died in Virginia Beach on 28 March 2014. He was 89 years old.

Bill Gonyo
CVA-62 Independence, CVAN-65 Enterprise
NS026223
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USS Independence (CVA-62) (foreground) and USS Enterprise (CVAN-65) rendezvous in the Indian Ocean on 21 November 1965. Independence was en route to Norfolk, Virginia, after six months "on the line" off Vietnam. Enterprise was headed for combat duty in Vietnamese waters. Photographed by PH3 E.R. Pomponio.

Official U.S. Navy Photograph, from the collections of the Naval Historical Center. (# NH 97717).

NHC
CVA-38 + AFS-2 + CVA-62
NS023871
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On 25 June 1968 the U.S. Sixth Fleet celebrated its 20th anniversary with a close formation, an air power demonstration, a 20-gun salute and a pass-in-review. The crews of (top to bottom) USS Independence (CVA-62), USS Sylvania (AFS-2) and USS Shangri-La (CVA-38) spell out "POWER FOR PEACE", Sixth Fleet's motto.

Rebecca Parnell
CVA-62 Independence
NS024256
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USS America (CVA-66), left; USS Franklin D. Roosevelt (CVA-42), framed in red; and USS Independence (CVA-62), framed in yellow. Norfolk Naval Shipyard, (probably) first half of 1969.

The photo clearly shows the size and design differences between the ships. FDR was designed and built during WW II to operate piston-engined aircraft; the ship was eventually upgraded to operate jets. America (Kitty Hawk-class) and Indy (Forrestal-class) were cold-war ships designed from the start to accommodate jet aircraft.

Steve Graham
CVA-62 Independence
NS026249
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USS Independence (CVA-62), 1969.

Courtesy of ©Windjammer-Arts Naval Art & Aviation Art
CV-62 Independence
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USS Independence (CV-62) photographed circa the 1970s.

Official U.S. Navy Photograph, from the collections of the Naval Historical Center. (# NH 97714-KN).

NHC
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HMS Ark Royal (R09), leader of TF 401.2, steams in company with USS Independence (CVA-62), leader of TF 401.1, while sailing towards the Arctic Circle to participate in Exercise Royal Knight, September 1971. Ark Royal was joined by USS Newport News (CA-148), flagship of the Commander-in-Chief of the Atlantic Striking Fleet, Vice-Admiral Vincent du Poix; by USS Dahlgren (DLG-12); by HMS Jupiter (F60); and by the Dutch Frigates HNLMS Noord Brabant [(D810)] and Tjerk Hiddes [(F804)]. Photo taken from the cockpit of a Gannet AEW Mk.3, belonging to "B" Flight, No.849 Sqd.

Photo and text from Phoenix Squadron, by Rowland White.

Robert Hurst
CVA-62 Independence
NS026258
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While operating in the Mediterranean, [HMS] Ark Royal's 892 Sqd Phantom F.G.Mk.1's flew off the deck of USS Independence [(CVA-62), early 1972]. Here one of the British jets streaks down the catapult of the American carrier past a US Navy SH-3 Sea King and the tail and folded wing of an A-7 Corsair II attack jet. Photo courtesy Nick Kerr.

Photo and text from Phoenix Squadron, by Rowland White.

Robert Hurst
As CV-62 (1973–1998)
CV-62 Independence
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"President Richard M. Nixon and crowd salute and sing 'Star Spangled Banner' during Armed Forces Day speech at Pier 12 Norfolk, Virginia. Virginia Governor L. Holton is on the President's left and Mrs. Nixon on his right." U.S. Navy photograph by PH3 Steven J. Clem (# CV62 1189-5-73, USS Independence CV-62), 19 May 1973.

AMH1 Howard Bardsley III, USNR (Ret.)
CV-62 Independence
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CV-62 Independence
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138k Good detail of the ship's starboard side. Taken in January of 1974 on her return trip to the States from a 73-74 Med. cruise. USN
CV-62 Independence
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Underway in the eastern Mediterranean Sea, 1 October 1974.

Official U.S. Navy Photograph (# KN-22669).

Scott Dyben
CV-62 Independence
NS026224
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Catapult crewmen check the tension on the launch cable while preparing to catapult a F-4 Phantom II fighter, during flight operations in the Atlantic Ocean, October 1974. Photographed by JOCS R.P. Benjamin.

Official U.S. Navy Photograph, from the collections of the Naval Historical Center. (# NH 97718).

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CV-62 Independence
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Lieutenant Michael F. Jordan (center), Landing Signal Officer of Attack Carrier Air Wing Seven (CVW-7), and two other landing signal personnel, man their stations during aircraft recovery on board Independence. The carrier was operating in the Mediterranean Sea. Photographed by PH1 Donald Grantham. This image was received by the Naval Photographic Center in October 1974.

Official U.S. Navy Photograph, from the collections of the Naval Historical Center. (# NH 97719).

NHC
CVA-59 Forrestal + CV-62 Independence
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An aerial view of the aircraft carriers USS Forrestal (CVA-59) and USS Independence (CV-62), moored at Pier No. 12, Naval Station Norfolk, Virginia. Photo is dated 1 January 1978, but appears to have been taken, in fact, circa February 1975.

Note USS Iwo Jima (LPH-2) near the bottom of the image.

Official photo, available from DefenseImagery.mil, id. DN-SN-87-05485.

DefenseImagery.mil
CV-62 Independence
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Grumman A-6E Intruder, BuNo 158792, modex AG507, VA-65 "Tigers," Carrier Air Wing (CVW) 7. Circa 1975.

Courtesy of Scott Koen & ussnewyork.com
CV-62 Independence
NS026272a
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Ling-Temco-Vought A-7E Corsair II, BuNo 157578, modex AG404, VA-12 "Flying Ubangis," Carrier Air Wing (CVW) 7. Circa 1975.

CV-62 Independence
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I took this picture in the Mediterranean in 1976. It is of USS Independence (CV-62) and USS Paul (FF-1080).

Jeffrey Padell
CV-62 Independence
NS026209
23k Off Barcelona, Spain, on April 10, 1976.  Despite the distance the antennas of her SPS-30 height finder and her long-range air search SPS-43A can be clearly seen on the island (fore and aft, respectively).  Note, also, the location of the port side elevator, forward of the island, and how crowded the flight deck looks. © Fabio Peña 
CVA-62 Independence
NS026201
26k Small image, probably taken in the late 70s-early 80s. USN
CV-62 Independence
NS026232
114k 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 (DVIC id: DNSC8200354). Defense Visual Information Center
CV-62 Independence
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USS Independence (CV-62) at anchor in Genoa, Italy, 30 October 1979. This was Indy's 14th Mediterranean deployment, the first with Carrier Air Wing (CVW) 6.

Carlo Martinelli
CV-62 Independence
NS026233
142k A stern view of the aircraft carrier USS Independence (CV-62) underway. Photo is dated 12 November 1979, but this might be incorrect. US Navy photo by PH1 R.J. Lincoln (DVIC id: DNSC8200353). Defense Visual Information Center
CV-62 Independence
NS026234
83k An overhead view of the aircraft carrier USS Independence (CV-62) underway in the Atlantic Ocean as crewmen form the word "Indy" on the flight deck, 12 December 1979. The carrier was heading home from her 14th deployment in the Mediterranean Sea. US Navy photo by PHC C. Pedrick (DVIC id: DNSC8200286). Defense Visual Information Center
CV-62 Independence
NS026235
50k Atlantic Ocean, 12 December 1979 — Aerial view of the USS Independence (CV-62) battle group as it heads home from deployment in the Mediterranean Sea. The ships are, clockwise from top, USS Farragut (DDG-37), USS McCandless (FF-1084), USS Independence (CV-62), USS Detroit (AOE-4), USS Garcia (FF-1040), USS Mahan (DDG-42), USS Caron (DD-970) and USS Peterson (DD-969). US Navy photo by PHC C. Pedrick (DVIC id: DNSC8200297). Defense Visual Information Center
CV-62 Independence
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Underway, circa the early 1980s.

John Rutherford
CV-62 Independence
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Captain Jerry Breast (CO, left) and crewmen paint a green C, for communications efficiency, on USS Independence (CV-62), while underway in the Caribbean Sea, February 20, 1982. U.S. Navy photo by PH2 M. Doran (DVIC id: DN-SN-82-10630).

Defense Visual Information Center
CV-62 Independence
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USS Independence (CV-62) steaming alongside replenishment oiler USS Savannah (AOR-4), circa 1982–85.

Scanned from a Change of Command Ceremony booklet.

Tom Armstrong
CV-62 Independence
NS026212
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USS Independence (CV-62) in the Suez Canal. Photo believed to have been taken on 8 November 1984.

Mark Sprenkle
CV-62 Independence
NS026221
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USS Independence (CV-62) underway, 1988-1989 (note F/A-18 Hornet on port catapult and corresponding bridle catcher still in place).

Official U.S. Navy Photograph, from the collections of the Naval Historical Center. (# NH 97715).

(Thanks to William F. Baca, who helped date this photo).

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CV-62 Independence
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USS Independence (CV-62), Vancouver, BC, circa 1988–1991.

David Freeburn, Vancouver, BC
CV-62 Independence
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CV-62 Independence
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USS Independence (CV-62), Vancouver, British Columbua, 10 August 1989.

Photos by Rick Garcia.

Chris Howell,
New Zealand
CV-62 Independence
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CV-62 Independence
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WestPac, Indian Ocean, Persian Gulf (Operation Desert Shield),
23 June-20 December 1990

CV-62 Independence
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USS Independence (CV-62) underway. (From the Cruise Book.)

William F. Baca,
USS Independence, 1988-1992
CV-62 Independence
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A B&W, but uncropped and cleaner, copy of the photo above. USS Independence (CV-62) underway with Carrier Air Wing 14 (CVW-14) aboard.

Wolfgang Hechler
CV-62 Independence
NS026240
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Indy relieved on station by USS Midway (CV-41), November 1990. (From the Cruise Book.)

William F. Baca,
USS Independence, 1988-1992
CV-62 Independence
NS026273
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A bow view of the aircraft carrier USS Independence (CV-62) underway in the Indian Ocean, 1(?) November 1990, with the frigate USS Reasoner (FF-1063) in the background. U.S. Navy photo by OS2 John Bouvia. (Photo available from DefenseImagery.mil, id. DN-SC-92-05761.)

DefenseImagery.mil
CV-62 Independence
NS026241
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San Diego Homecoming, December 20, 1990. (From the Cruise Book.)

William F. Baca,
USS Independence, 1988-1992
 
CV-62 Independence
NS026215
56k North Island, San Diego, early 1991. Photo by AMS3 Rick Rowan
CV-62 Independence + CV-41 Midway
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An overhead view of the flight decks of the aircraft carriers USS Independence (CV-62), top, and USS Midway (CV-41), bottom, moored beside each other, Naval Station Pearl Harbor, 23 August 1991. A great detailed photo, showing the various aircraft of their Air Wings. Midway was en route from Naval Station, Yokosuka, Japan, to Naval Air Station, North Island, California, where she would be decommissioned in the spring of 1992. Independence would travel to Yokosuka to take over as the Navy's only forward-based aircraft carrier. US Navy photo by PH2 Omar Hasan. (Available from DefenseImagery.mil as photo # DN-ST-9203042.)

Robert M. Cieri
CV-62 Independence
NS026250
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USS Independence (CV-62), and VFA-192 "World Famous Golden Dragons" F/A-18C Hornet, 1994.

Courtesy of ©Windjammer-Arts Naval Art & Aviation Art
CV-62 Independence, AO-199 Tippecanoe
NS091919901
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USNS Tippecanoe (T-AO 199) transferring fuel to Independence (CV-62) in March 1996 off Taiwan, during the Taiwan Crisis. US Navy photo.

MSC web site
CVA-62 Independence
NS026203
155k USS Independence entering Apra Harbor, Guam, on 28 February 1997. Indy was the first carrier to enter Apra Harbor since USS Midway, 36 years earlier. USN

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The forward-deployed aircraft carriers USS Nimitz (CVN-68), left, and USS Independence (CV-62), center, perform an underway turn-over Sept. 25, 1997, while steaming off the coast of Japan. U.S. Navy photo by Photographer's Mate 2nd Class Chris Ware. [970925-N-4778W-117].

USN

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Yokosuka, Japan, January 21, 1998 — Secretary of Defense William Cohen arrives aboard the aircraft carrier USS Independence (CV-62) via a U.S. Army Helicopter during his tour of Asia. Independence Battle Group, at its Forward Deployed homeport of Yokosuka, Japan, would soon deploy to replace the USS Nimitz Battle Group in the Persian Gulf as announced by the Secretary during his visit. U.S. Navy photo by Photographer's Mate 2nd Class Daniel A. Taylor (# 980121-N-0000T-001).

Bill Gonyo
CV-62 Independence
NS026213
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Two F/A-18 Hornet strike fighters make a low level pass over USS Independence (CV-62) during her transit to the Persian Gulf, 3 February 1998. Independence and her embarked Carrier Air Wing Five (CVW-5) would relieve USS Nimitz (CVN-68).

U.S. Navy photo by PH3 Keith Milam, USN (#980203-N-4016M-006).

Alex Tatchin
CV-62 Independence
NS026243
113k

USS Independence (CVA-62) was commissioned January 10, 1959, CAPT R. Y. McElroy, commanding. Here she makes a tight turn while patroling the Persian Gulf during Operation Southern Watch, February 11, 1998. Indy had Carrier Air Wing Five (CVW-5) embarked. U.S. Navy photo by PH2 Felix Garza (# 980211-N-4142G-014).

Alex Tatchin

NS026236a
126k

The aircraft carrier USS Independence (CV-62) pulls into Pearl Harbor, Hawaii passing the USS Arizona Memorial (right background) with the aid of tugboats, for the last time (July 17, 1998) as she was decommissioned in September 1998.

USN photo (# 980717-N-5961C-001) by PH1(NAC) Spike Call, available from the Defense Visual Information Center, id.: DN-SD-00-01116.

Bill Gonyo

NS026236
133k

Naval Station Pearl Harbor, July 17, 1998 — The aircraft carrier USS Kitty Hawk (CV-63) (left) docks alongside the aircraft carrier USS Independence (CV-62). Following a turnover with the Independence, Kitty Hawk would take her place in Yokusuka, Japan, as the nation's only forward deployed carrier. U.S. Navy photo by Chief Photographer's Mate Mahlon K. Miller (# 980717-N-0226M-005).

Bill Gonyo

NS026236b
191k

Another view, as above. USS Independence (CV-62), left; USS Kitty Hawk (CV-63), right.

Gerd Matthes, Germany
CV-62 Independence
NS026230
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EA-6B Prowler landing aboard USS Independence.

U.S. Navy video.
Format: QuickTime (.MOV)  Duration: 11"  Size: 160 x 120

USN

NS026214
167k

Resting in her last home port, USS Independence (CV-62) is dressed out for her decommissioning ceremony in Bremerton, Washington, 30 September 1998. U.S. Navy photo by PH2 Gloria J. Barry, USN (#980930-N-4541B-008).

Robert M. Cieri

NS026214a
163k

US Navy sailors of USS Independence (CV-62) exit the ship and move on to the pier for the conclusion of the decommissioning ceremony, Bremerton, Washington, 30 September 1998. U.S. Navy photo by PH2 Gloria J. Barry, USN (#980930-N-4541B-022).

Memorabilia

NS026269
88k

USS Independence (CVA/CV-62), Unit Identification Mark (UIM) tab patch.

Robert M. Cieri

NS026276
2.26M

Change of Command Ceremony, Monday, 28 July 1986. CAPT William R. Needham relieved CAPT Kenneth L. Carlsen as Commanding Officer, USS Independence (CV-62).

Tom Armstrong

NS026277
10.6M

Welcome Aboard booklet, 1990–91.

Wolfgang Hechler

NS026275
2.9M

"USS Independence (CV 62), The Declaration, 'News for and about Freedom's Flagship', An Independence port visit to...Hong Kong, March 7-12, 1994, presented by Independence Public Affairs Office"

Tom Armstrong

NS026214b
167k

USS Independence (CV-62) Decommissioning Ceremony, Puget Sound Naval Shipyard, Bremerton, Washington, 30 September 1998.

Robert M. Cieri

NS026214c
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NS026214d
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Ex-USS Independence

NS026245
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Bremerton, Wash., 2006. Four aircraft carriers (front to back, photo NS026245; left to right, photo NS026245a): ex-USS Independence (CV-62), ex-USS Constellation (CV-64), ex-USS Ranger (CV-61), and USS John C. Stennis (CVN-74). Also visible in these photos are two Oliver Hazard Perry-class guided missile frigates, a Ticonderoga-class guided missile cruiser, a Knox-class frigate and the fast combat support ships ex-USS Sacramento (AOE-1) and ex-USS Camden (AOE-2).

Jack Treutle

NS026245a
51k

NS026246
93k

Bremerton, Wash., circa April 2007. Ex-USS Sides (FFG-14), ex-USS Independence (CV-62), and ex-USS Constellation (CV-64), among other decommissioned ships.

Mïk Watson

NS026247
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A shot showing the bows of ex-USS Independence (CV-62), foreground, then ex-USS Constellation (CV-64) beyond, and lastly ex-USS Ranger (CV-61). Bremerton, Wash., 17 November 2007.

Larry Lee

NS026248
85k

Eight views of ex-USS Independence (CV-62) at Puget Sound, Wash., taken on Tuesday, 8 July 2008. Also partially visible in some of these photos are ex-USS Constellation (CV-64), ex-USS Ranger (CV-61), and USS John C. Stennis (CVN-74).

Dave Nilsen

NS026248a
85k

NS026248b
85k

NS026248c
85k

NS026248d
85k

NS026248e
85k

NS026248f
85k

NS026248g
85k
ex-CV 62 Independence
NS026270
79k

Decommissioned ex-USS Independence (CV-62), Bremerton, Wash., February 2009.

Scott Roche
(USS Ranger '87–89;
USS Independence '89–91)
ex-CV 62 Independence
NS026270a
123k

NS0261ak
110k

Aerial view of Bremerton, WA, 10 March 2009. Left to right: ex-Independence (CV-62), ex-Constellation (CV-64), ex-Sides (FFG-14), ex-George Philip (FFG-12), ex-Ranger (CV-61), and ex-Vincennes (CG-49).

Ron Reeves

NS026180
207k

Series of screen shots from Google Maps pieced together by John Slaughter. Left to right: ex-USS Independence (CV-62), ex-USS Kitty Hawk (CV-63), ex-USS Constellation (CV-64), and ex-USS Ranger (CV-61), Bremerton, WA, circa 2010.

John comments: «Indy and Connie are showing signs of weathering. They are both in the early stages of being readied for scrapping. Kitty Hawk is still listed as in reserve. I guess that's in case something disastrous happened to one of the active carriers. Ranger's flight deck is covered with something like a rubber coating about 3" thick to protect it. This is because of the efforts going on to save her as a museum. Less maintenance. I measured Kitty Hawk's flight deck in the picture and then, using that as a scale, I measured the gap between her and Indy. Their flight decks, by my rough estimate, are less than 10' apart.»

John Slaughter, Webmaster USS Ranger History & Memorial site.

NS026281
65k

Series of four photos taken by Robert Hall on 27 May 2011.

NS026281 & NS026281b: Ex-Independence (CV-62), with the island of ex-Constellation (CV-64) in the background.

NS026281c: Left to right: Stern of ex-Independence (CV-62), bow of ex-Kitty Hawk (CV-63), island and port elevator of ex-Constellation (CV-64), and island of ex-Ranger (CV-61).

Robert Hall.

NS026281a
59k

NS026281b
42k

NS026281c
43k

For more information about this ship, see:

USS INDEPENDENCE CVA-62 History
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Crew Contact and Reunion Information Web Sites
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Fleet Reserve Association
USS Independence Association
Contact Name: Lewis H. Amos
Address:1807 Hicks Circle
Roxboro, NC 27573
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E-mail: None

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