The USS Independence, Indy 7's Mother
Indy 7 is a retired Navy launch from the USS Independence (CV-62), a forrestal-class aircraft carrier. USS Independence was built at the Brooklyn Navy Yard and launched on June 6, 1958. She followed by getting commissioned the following year on the first of January.
USS Independence spent her early years in the Mediterranean Fleet. She made a single tour off the coast of Vietnam in 1965. Independence also carried out airstrikes against Syrian forces in Lebanese Civil War, and conducted operations over Iraq enforcing a no-fly zone.
After her long history, the USS Independence is now awaiting to be scrapped at Brownsville, Texas.
Class and Type of Ship: Forrestal-Class Aircraft Carrier
Namesake: "Freedom of control by others; Self Government"
Commissioned: January, 10 1958
Decommissioned: September, 30 1998 (Roughly 40 years of service)
Motto: "Freedom's Flagship"
Displacement: 60,000 Tons (Standard)
80,643 Tons (Full-Load)
Length: 1,070 Feet
Beam: 130 Feet
Horsepower: 280,000 Horsepower
Speed: 33 Knots
Range: 8,000 Nautical Miles at 20 knots
Crew: 3,126 Ship Crew
2,089 Air Wing
70 Flag Staff
Aircraft Carried: 70-90