"USS Intrepid Flight Deck, New York" - Daily Photo - 05/20/13
As a kid, I made models of this vessel in the World War II configuration and of a sister ship the USS Hornet in this refitted more up-to-date version, so I was familiar with the layout. It was quite a thrill wandering around the decks and getting a sense of the history that has occurred here. I'm an equipment and weapons nut spending hours aboard loving every minute.
Timeline from the website:
* December 1, 1941: Intrepid's keel laid at Newport News, Virginia.
* December 7, 1941: Japanese attack Pearl Harbor.
* April 26, 1943: Launched.
* August 16, 1943: Commissioned CV-11.
* December 3, 1943: Sailed for Pearl Harbor via the Panama Canal and San Francisco.
* January-February, 1944: Participated in the Marshall Islands invasion.
* February 1944: Participated in raid on Truk.
* February 17, 1944: Damaged by Japanese aerial torpedo.
* September-October 1944: Participated in attacks on invasion of the Palaus.
* Strikes against the Philippines, Formosa, and Okinawa.
* Operated out of Utilic fleet anchorage in the Carolinas as unit of Task Force 38.
* October 24, 25, 26, 1944: Participated in Battle of Leyte Gulf. Helped sink the super-battleship Musashi.
* October 30, 1944: Hit by kamikaze--slight damage.
* November 25, 1944: Hit by two kamikazes--heavily damaged.
* March 1945: Strikes against Tokyo and Okinawa. Near miss by a Japanese heavy bomber kamikaze.
* April 6, 1945: Helped sink the Japanese super-battleship Yamato.
* April 16, 1945: Damaged during invasion by kamikaze attack off Okinawa.
* August 1945: Reported back to the Fast Carrier Force. War ended.
* August-December 1945: Policed the coasts of China and Korea, aiding in repatriation of Allied POW.
* December 1945: Arrived back in the United States after Japan occupation duty.
* 1946: Put in reserve at San Francisco.
* October 1954: Completed modernization at the same yard at which she was built.
* 1955-1962: Operated in the Mediterranean with the Sixth Fleet.
* 1956: Refitted at the Brooklyn Navy Yard. Angled deck added.
* May 24, 1962: Served as Recovery Ship for Mercury VII space capsule (astronaut Scott Carpenter) .
* March 23, 1965: Acts as Recovery Ship for Gemini III space capsule (astronauts Gus Grissom and John Young).
* May 1966-1968: Served with the Pacific Fleet off Vietnam in three combat cruises.
* 1974: Decommissioned at Quonset Point R.I. Towed to Philadelphia for bicentennial celebration.
* July 1982: Opens as the Intrepid Sea-Air-Space Museum in New York City.