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10,662 Tons (standard)
14,751 Tons (loaded)
623' x 71.5' x 24.3'
26 x 40mm AA guns
30 Aircraft including
9 x Dive Bombers
9 x Torpedo Bombers
12 x Fighters
USN September 24, 1944
Independence conducted a shakedown cruise and training in the Caribbean then via Panama Canal to San Francisco arriving on July 3, 1943 then departed for Pearl Harbor arriving July 14, 1943. The next day redesignated CVL-22 and conducted training exercises with USS Essex (CV-9) and USS Yorktown (CV-10).
During March 2015, scientists and technicians from National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) embarked aboard the sanctuary vessel RV Fulmar used the autonomous underwater vehicle Echo Ranger to make a survey of the wreck, employing the echoscope three-dimensional imaging sonar to make a series of images of it. What appears to be an airplane on the hangar deck is visible through the forward aircraft elevator hatch. No signs of radioactive contamination were detected, and a NOAA spokesman described the wreck as "amazingly intact."
During 2016, a team from the Ocean Exploration Trust and and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) led by Robert Ballard used robotic exploration vehicles (ROVs) to make a closer inspection and survey of the shipwreck while streaming the footage online. During their survey, they located at least one F6F Hellcat inside the hanger and documented anti-aircraft guns aboard.
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