|Ship Class||Essex-class Aircraft Carrier|
|Builder||Newport News Shipbuilding|
|Laid Down||1 Dec 1941|
|Launched||26 Apr 1943|
|Commissioned||16 Aug 1943|
|Decommissioned||1 Mar 1947|
|Displacement||27,100 tons standard|
|Machinery||Westinghouse geared turbines with four screws|
|Bunkerage||6,330t fuel oil; 240,000gal aviation fuel|
|Power Output||150,000 SHP|
|Armor||4" belt, 2.5" hangar deck, 1.5" deck, 1.5" conning tower|
Contributor: C. Peter Chen
ww2dbaseAfter 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.
ww2dbaseIntrepid 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.
ww2dbaseSource: Naval Historical Center.
Last Major Revision: Sep 2005
Aircraft Carrier Intrepid Interactive Map
Intrepid Operational Timeline
|16 Aug 1943Â||Intrepid was commissioned into service.|
|17 Feb 1944Â||G4M aircraft of Japanese Navy Air Group 744 damaged USS Intrepid with a torpedo hit.|
|12 Oct 1944Â||VT-18 squadron aircraft from USS Intrepid attacked Shinchiku Airfield in Shinchiku (now Hsinchu) in northern Taiwan.|
|12 Oct 1944Â||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 1944Â||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 1947Â||Intrepid was decommissioned from service.|
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