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

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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 (now Hsinchu), Taiwan. At Shinchiku Airfield, one Ki-44 aircraft on the ground, five twin-engine aircraft on the ground, and 1 hangar building were destroyed. At the natural gas experimentation station about four miles east of the airfield, three hits were scored, with one hitting the lab building, another destroying the warehouse, and the last damaging the methane plant; 34 workers were killed at the station.
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 IntrepidUSS Intrepid entering the deperming station at Norfolk, Virginia, United States, 11 Sep 1943. Note the outline of the ship’s waterline painted on the flight deck. Photo 1 of 3.
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Maps

US Navy map of the central Pacific showing USS Intrepid’s track from 16 Jan to 24 Feb 1944 from Pearl Harbor and back, including the 16 Feb 1944 raid on Truk Atoll (not Chuuk), Caroline Islands.Map showing wartime track of USS Intrepid




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Visitor Submitted Comments

  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
  2. Anonymous says:
    17 Feb 2015 07:04:07 PM

    My Grandad was a crew member on the USS Intrepid during WW2, He passed away several years ago but i just recently found a box of stuff with some Navy paraphernalia and such, Most of the items are personal interest only but i did find a very large bullet, its probably 5 1/2" long and 1" diameter at widest. Its obviously very old and i can see where someone hastily scratched some words and numbers. Some of them are as follow:
    USS Intrepid
    00:15 17-2-44
    Torpedo
    Truk
    Does it mean anything?
  3. David Stubblebine says:
    17 Feb 2015 08:28:06 PM

    To Comment #2:

    I am going to hazard a guess and assume that when you say “bullet” you mean “cartridge” which is the bullet plus the casing plus the powder charge (maybe minus the powder charge – in your case, HOPEFULLY minus the powder charge). As such, it could be a .50 caliber cartridge which measure roughly 5 7/16-inches in overall length and 13/16ths of an inch largest diameter at the base (and, by definition, a half-inch bullet diameter). The writing is clearly meant to commemorate the Intrepid’s torpedo attack of Feb 17, 1944 (“17-2-1944”) as the only significant casualty of the fleet’s raid on the Japanese base at Truk. Intepid’s War Diary lists the torpedo impact at 0011 hours so your “00:15” is a pretty close estimate. I cannot say why a .50 caliber cartridge was chosen as the keepsake or why the date was written in the non-US format, but this is my best guess as to its meaning. Display it proudly.
  4. Alan Chanter says:
    13 May 2015 01:37:58 AM

    According to the book 'Aircraft Carriers' by Antony Preston (Bison Books Inc, 1982. pp.45) the USS Intrepid was torpedoed on the night of 17 February by six B5N 'Kates' (not G4Ms), one of which broke through the screen and put a torpedo into the stern of the Intrepid. The carrier, despite having her rudder jammed, was able to return to Majuro Lagoon at 20 knots. This is clearly a different account to that given above in the Operational timeline.

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