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 A ... read more