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U.S.S. INDEPENDENCE

(CV-62)

Freedoms Flagship

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Named for the right of self-government, the fifth USS Independence was commissioned on Jan. 10, 1959. In 1960, she saw her first cruise to the Mediterranean. The year 1962 saw the ship helping with the Berlin crisis during that summer. The fall saw her go to the Caribbean to help with quarantining Cuba during the Russian missile crisis.

The ship continued cruising various Atlantic runs through 1965. In that year, she went on a run to the South China Sea. While there, her aircrews conducted thousands of sorties against the North Vietnamese troops. Upon her return to the east coast, the ship resumed her normal operations in the Atlantic and Mediterranean.

The 1970’s saw USS Independence carrying out more operations in the Mediterranean. She was the site of the first female US pilot to gain carrier qualification in 1979. In 1980, the ship was waiting when the American hostages were freed from Iran. During the next few years, she saw action in Lebanon and Grenada.

In 1990, the ship became the first carrier to enter the Persian Gulf in over 15 years. She helped with air support during and after Operation Desert Storm. The rest of the 1990’s saw her flying missions over southern Iraq and making visits to various Pacific ports. She was decommissioned on Sept. 30, 1998.

 

 

CV-62 Deployments - Major Events

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Month Year to Month Year Deployment / Event
APR 1962 - AUG 1962 Mediterranean
OCT 1962 - OCT 1962 Cuban Missle Blockade
SEP 1963 - MAR 1964 Mediterranean
JUL 1964 - Shellback Initiation - 7 JUL 1964 - Atlantic Ocean
AUG 1964 - NOV 1964 North Atlantic
JAN 1965 - DEC 1965 West Pac-Viet Nam
JAN 1965 - DEC 1965 West Pac-Viet Nam
MAY 1965 - Shellback Initiation - 10 MAY 1965 - Pacific Ocean
MAY 1965 - Shellback Initiation - 21 MAY 1965 - Atlantic Ocean
MAY 1965 - Shellback Initiation - 21 MAY 1965 - Pacific Ocean
MAY 1965 - DEC 1965 West Pac-Viet Nam
MAY 1965 - NOV 1965 West Pac-Viet Nam
JUN 1965 - NOV 1965 West Pac-Viet Nam
JUN 1965 - NOV 1965 need to get cruise book
JUN 1966 - FEB 1967 Mediterranean
APR 1968 - JAN 1969 Mediterranean
JUN 1970 - JAN 1971 Mediterranean-Lebanon
SEP 1971 - APR 1972 North Atlantic-Med-Indian Ocean
MAR 1972 - MAR 1973 Dry Dock
JAN 1973 - Shellback Initiation - 24 JAN 1973 - Atlantic Ocean
JAN 1973 - JAN 1973 Mediterranean-Indian Ocean
JUN 1973 - DEC 1973 North Atlantic-Med-Indian Ocean
JUN 1973 - Shellback Initiation - 6 JUN 1973 - Atlantic Ocean
JUN 1974 - FEB 1975 North Atlantic-Med-Indian Ocean
JUL 1974 - JAN 1975 Mediterranean
SEP 1974 - SEP 1974 Mediterranean
OCT 1975 - MAY 1976 North Atlantic-Med-Indian Ocean
JUN 1976 - JUN 1976 Mediterranean-Lebanon
MAR 1977 - OCT 1977 Mediterranean
AUG 1977 - Shellback Initiation - 8 AUG 1977 - Indian Ocean
AUG 1977 - Shellback Initiation - 18 AUG 1977 - Indian Ocean
JUN 1979 - DEC 1979 Mediterranean
OCT 1979 - Shellback Initiation - 9 OCT 1979 - Atlantic Ocean
NOV 1980 - Shellback Initiation - 29 NOV 1980 - Indian Ocean
MAY 1981 - Suez Canal (South to North)
OCT 1983 - NOV 1983 Grenada
OCT 1983 - OCT 1983 Grenada
OCT 1984 - FEB 1985 Mediterranean-Indian Ocean
AUG 1988 - Shellback Initiation - 28 AUG 1988 - Atlantic Ocean
JAN 1990 - DEC 1990 Desert Shield
JUN 1990 - DEC 1990 West Pac-Indian Ocean-Persian Gulf
JUN 1990 - DEC 1990 West Pac-Indian Ocean
JUL 1990 - Shellback Initiation - 7 JUL 1990 - Indian Ocean
JUL 1990 - Shellback Initiation - 31 JUL 1990 - Indian Ocean
AUG 1990 - NOV 1990 Desert Shield
AUG 1990 - NOV 1990 Desert Shield
JAN 1992 - DEC 1994 West Pac-Indian Ocean-Persian Gulf
MAR 1992 - OCT 1992 West Pac-Indian Ocean-Persian Gulf
APR 1992 - Shellback Initiation - 25 APR 1992 - Pacific Ocean
APR 1992 - Shellback Initiation - 25 APR 1992 - Pacific Ocean
MAY 1992 - MAY 1992 50th Anniversary Battle of Coral Sea - Sydney AU
JUN 1992 - OCT 1992 West Pac-Indian Ocean-Persian Gulf
DEC 1992 - DEC 1994 West Pac-Indian Ocean-Persian Gulf
JUN 1993 - Shellback Initiation - 25 JUN 1993 - Pacific Ocean
DEC 1995 - DEC 1998 West Pac-Indian Ocean-Persian Gulf
JAN 1998 - MAY 1998 Southern Watch
FEB 1998 - Shellback Initiation - 1 FEB 1998 - Pacific Ocean
DEC 2000 - DEC 2002 West Pac-Indian Ocean-Persian Gulf
DEC 2006 - DEC 2007 West Pac-Indian Ocean-Persian Gulf

CV-62 General Specifications