CAG birds of CVW-14 USS Independence Operation Desert Shield 1990
|Carrier Air Wing 14 insignia|
|CV-14 "USS Independence"|
Aircraft Carrier; Forrestal – class;
New York Naval Shipyard, Brooklyn, New York, USA
Awarded: February 1, 1954
Laid down: July 1, 1955
Launched: June 6, 1958
Commissioned: January 10, 1959
Decommissioned: September 30, 1998
Fate: Decommissioned to reserve on 30 September 1998.
Struck from the Navy list on 8 March 2004.
Current Status: Stricken, to be disposed of, type of disposal not known.
NAVSEA Inactive Ships On-site Maintenance Office, Bremerton, WA.
In April 2004 Navy officials identified ex-Independence as one of 24 decommissioned ships available to be sunk as artificial reefs.
named after & in honor of the independence of the US.
approx. 59500 tons (light) / 79000 tons (full)
4 geared steam turbines; 8 boilers; 4 shafts; 4 screws;
280000 shaft horsepower (shp);
30+ knots (55+ km/h)
approx. 5200 (incl. airwing)
full flight deck with island, up to 85 aircraft