Cruisebook for the USS Independence (CV-62) 's 1990 Operation Desert Shield deployment. This Beautiful Cruise book is just over 450 pages with colour photos of the ship, her crew, ports of call and embarked air wing 14 CVW-145. This is when the Independence took over from USS Midway (CV-41) as the forward deployed carrier based in Japan. The carrier practically swapped airwings in Pearl Harbour before the ship carried on.Embarked on board and part of the air wing were: VF-21, VF-154 (F-14 Tomcat) VA-196 (A-6E Intruder), VAW-113 (E-2C Hawkeye), VFA-25, VA-113(F/A-18 Hornet), HS-8 (SH-3 Sea King), VAQ-139 (EA-6B Prowler), VS-37 (S-3B Viking. Ports of call Included in the book are Hawaii, the Phillipines, Singapore and Hong Kong. Book is in pristine shape with a clear plastic dust cover. It's a very heavy book so estimated postage to US is in the 15-20 dollar range for expedited parcel. A history of this 40 year old aircraft carrier is below: The USS INDEPENDENCE was launched by New York Navy Yard June 6, 1958; sponsored by Mrs. Thomas Gates, wife of the Secretary of the Navy; and commissioned January 10, 1959; Captain R. Y. McElroy in command.
One of the newest class of "supercarriers" at the time of her commissioning, INDEPENDENCE conducted shakedown training in the Caribbean and arrived her home port Norfolk, June 30, 1959. On August 25, during suitability trials on board INDEPENDENCE, an A3D Skywarrior, piloted by Lt. Cmdr. Ed Decker, took off at a gross weight of 84,000 pounds - the heaviest aircraft ever to take off from a carrier.
INDEPENDENCE operated off the Virginia Capes for the next year on training maneuvers, and departed August 4, 1960 for her first cruise to the Mediterranean. T, she added her great strength to the peace-keeping power of the 6th Fleet in that troubled region, remaining in the eastern Mediterranean until her return to Norfolk March 3, 1961. The remainder of the year was spent in training and readiness operations off the Atlantic coast.
INDEPENDENCE sailed April 19, 1962 for Sixth Fleet duty in support of President John F. Kennedy's firm stand on Berlin during a reoccurrence of stress in a critical area. She returned to Norfolk August 27, and sailed October 11 for the Caribbean Sea. Called on by President Kennedy on October 24, during the 1962 Cuban missile crisis, INDEPENDENCE provided a strong, visible reminder of U.S. determination and resolve while it acted as a key participant in the U.S. naval blockade of Cuba. She arrived off Puerto Rico in response to the presence of Soviet missiles in Cuba and took part in the quarantine operations which finally forced withdrawal of those missiles. She then returned to Norfolk November 25, for readiness exercises along the eastern seaboard, overhaul in the Norfolk Naval Shipyard, and refresher training out of Guantanamo Bay.
INDEPENDENCE departed Norfolk August 6, 1963 to take part in combined readiness exercises in the Bay of Biscay with sea-air units of the United Kingdom and France then entered the Mediterranean August 21, for further duty with the Sixth Fleet. Cruising throughout the Mediterranean, she gained much valuable experience during combined NATO exercises, including close air support to Turkish paratroops, reconnaissance, communications, and convoy strike support. President Makarios of Cyprus paid her a visit October 7, 1963, after which she joined in bilateral U.S.-Italian exercises in the Adriatic with Italian patrol torpedo boats, and U.S.-French exercises which pitted her aircraft against French interceptors and a surface action with French cruiser COLBERT (C 611). She returned to Norfolk March 4, l964.
Following training exercises, ranging north to New York and south to Mayport, Fla., INDEPENDENCE departed Norfolk September 8, 1964 for NATO Teamwork exercises in the Norwegian Sea and off the coast of France, thence to Gibraltar. She returned to Norfolk November 5, 1964 and entered the Norfolk Naval Shipyard for overhaul.
On May 10, 1965, INDEPENDENCE deployed for more than ...