Class: Essex (short hull group) Aircraft Carrier
Launched: April 26, 1943
At: Newport News Shipbuilding and Drydock Company, Newport News, Virginia
Commissioned: August 16, 1943
Modernized: in 1954 and 1959
Length: 898 feet, as converted
Beam: 103 feet
Draft: 32 feet
Displacement: 33,292 tons
Armament: WWII: 90+ aircraft; twelve 5-inch/38 caliber, 40mm and 20mm guns. Post War: 45+ aircraft, four 5-inch/38 caliber guns
Intrepid Sea-Air-Space Museum
West 46th Street & 12th Avenue
New York, New York 10036-4103
Fax: (212) 245-7289
Latitude: 40.764832, Longitude: -74.000763
USS Intrepid won fame in the Pacific in World War II as the “Fighting I.” She survived numerous kamikaze and bomb hits. The carrier fought in the Battle of Leyte Gulf in October, 1944. Her combat record includes the sinking of two Japanese battleships and numerous other vessels, as well as the destruction of more than 600 enemy aircraft. Intrepid served three combat tours off Vietnam and twice as NASA Prime Recovery Ship for the manned space program. She was decommissioned in 1974, but was assigned by Congress as the Bicentennial Exposition Ship at the Philadelphia Navy Yard in 1975-76.
USS Intrepid embarked on her second career as a sea-air-space museum in New York City in 1982. On her flight deck are more than 30 aircraft representing all of the U.S. armed services as well as British, French and Soviet jet fighters. This collection features an A-12 Blackbird flown by the CIA throughout the Cold War. Permanent and rotating exhibits on Intrepid’s hangar deck depict the past, present and future of military technology. Other displays honor all who have served this nation in uniform.
USS Intrepid is a National Historic Landmark.