Intrepid file photo

USS Intrepid

CountryUnited States
Ship ClassEssex-class Aircraft Carrier
BuilderNewport News Shipbuilding, Sun Shipbuilding, VA
Laid Down1 Dec 1941
Launched26 Apr 1943
Commissioned16 Aug 1943
Decommissioned1 Mar 1947
Displacement27100 tons standard
Length872 feet
Beam93 feet
Draft28 feet
MachineryWestinghouse geared turbines with four screws
Power Output150000 SHP
Speed33 knots
Crew3448
Armament12x5
Armor4" belt, 2.5" hangar deck, 1.5" deck, 1.5" conning tower
Aircraft82

Contributor: C. Peter Chen

After arriving in the Pacific after her commissioning in 1943, her first mission was to support the landings at Kwajalein invasion in early 1944. On 17 Feb 1944 she was damaged by an aerial torpedo and returned to Pearl Harbor for repairs and remained there until September 1944. After returning to action, she launched planes to strike the Palau Islands, Okinawa, Taiwan, and the Philippine Islands. On 25 Nov 1944, during the Leyte Campaign, she was struck by a kamikaze and lost 69 officers and men in the most tragic chapter of her history. She went under repairs again and returned to action to launch attacks on the Japanese home islands in preparation for the land invasion that never took place. She also assisted in the Okinawa landing. When Japan surrendered, she was stateside for repairs the third time during the war (again from kamikaze). She was deactivated in Mar 1947.

Intrepid became part of the active fleet again in 1954 after a two-year modernization, and served in the US Navy until 1974. Today, she is a museum ship in New York City, United States.

Source: Naval Historical Center.

Aircraft Carrier USS Intrepid Interactive Map

USS Intrepid Operational Timeline

16 Aug 1943 Intrepid was commissioned into service.
17 Feb 1944 G4M aircraft of Japanese Navy Air Group 744 damaged USS Intrepid with a torpedo hit.
12 Oct 1944 VT-18 squadron aircraft from USS Intrepid attacked Shinchiku Airfield in Shinchiku (now Hsinchu) in northern Taiwan.
12 Oct 1944 VT-18 squadron aircraft from USS Intrepid attacked the Rising Sun Petroleum Company facilities in Tamsui and the military seaplane base immediately next to Rising Sun facilities in northern Taiwan.
14 Oct 1944 Carrier aircraft from USS Intrepid attacked Shinchiku Airfield in Shinchiku (now Hsinchu), Taiwan, destroying 1 Ki-44 aircraft on the ground, 5 twin-engine aircraft on the ground, and 1 hangar building.
1 Mar 1947 Intrepid was decommissioned from service.

Photographs

Intrepid off Newport News, Virginia, United States, 16 Aug 1943F6F Hellcat aircraft of Fighting Squadron 8 warm up on USS IntrepidF6F Hellcat aircraft of Fighting Squadron 8 warm up on USS IntrepidActor Mickey Rooney eating in the USS Intrepid crews mess during a Christmas visit in California, United States, Dec 1943
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Maps

Map showing wartime track of USS Intrepid




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  1. Sue-ann maynard says:
    22 Feb 2010 10:44:51 AM

    I work at the Chagramas military history an airspace museum in trinidad i would like to get some more pictures on the uss interpid in the present i am vary much looking forward to it thankyou

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Intrepid off Newport News, Virginia, United States, 16 Aug 1943
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