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Essex-class aircraft carrier
872' x 93' x 28' 7"
12 x 5"/38 AA
32 x 40mm
46 x 20mm
Built by Newport News, Virginia. Laid down December 1, 1941. Launched on April 26, 1943 Commissioned on August 16, 1943.
During "Operation Hailstone" February 17-18, 1944 carrier aircraft from Intrepid and USS Essex (CV-9) attacked Japanese ships at Truk Lagoon. Intrepid aircraft including TBM Avenger 25270 dropped bombs that impacted into the Aikoku Maru forward deck which was jammed with munitions. The resulting explosion nearly below the ship into half and caused it to sink instantly, claiming attacking Avenger in the blast.
On February 18, 1944 a G4M Bombers from the 755 Kokutai based on Tinian Island located the carier and one managed to score a torpedo hit against Intrepid.
On September 8, 1944 lost was TBM Avenger 16923 (MIA).
On October 12, 1944 her aircraft attacked targets on Formosa (Taiwan). Lost was SB2C Helldiver 19422 (MIA).
During September 1956 to May 1957 the flight deck was modernized and angled. Afterwards, redesignated as an Anti-Submarine Warfire carrier, CVS 11 on March 31, 1962.
During the Vietnam war, operated as light attack carrier. Decommissioned to reserves on March 15, 1974; the last CVS in US Navy service.
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