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USS Independence (CV-62)

Conventionally-Powered Aircraft Carrier

The USS Independence took part in the American involvement during the Vietnam War and saw service into the 1990s.
Authored By: Staff Writer | Edited: 9/26/2016
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Year: 1959
Ships-in-Class: 4
Named Ships: USS Forrestal (CV-59); USS Saratoga (CV-60); USS Ranger (CV-61); USS Indpendence (CV-62)
Complement: 5360
Length: 1070 ft (326.14 m)
Width: 130 ft (39.62 m)
Height: 37 ft (11.28 m)
Displacement (Surface): 75,000 tons
Propulsion: 8 x Babcock and Wilcox boilers with 4 x Westinghouse geared turbines developing 280,000 horsepower to 4 x shafts.
Speed (Surface): 33 kts (38 mph)
Range: 7,995 nm (9,200 miles; 14,806 km)
Operators: United States


8 x 5" (127mm) /54 caliber Mark 42 guns (eventually removed).
2 x 8 NATO Sea Sparrow anti-aircraft missile launchers.
3 x 20mm Phalanx Close-In Weapon Systems (CIWSs)

Air Wing

Between 70 and 90 fixed-wing and rotary-wing aircraft. Types include fleet defense/interceptor, strike, electronic warfare, search and rescue, transport and patrol types.
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