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10,662 Tons Standard
14,751 Tons Loaded
623' x 71.5' x 109.2'
26 x 40mm AA guns
30 Aircraft including:
9 x Dive Bombers
9 x Torpedo Bombers
12 x Fighters
Afterwards, conducted shakedown training in the Caribbean then via the Panama Canal arriving on July 3, 1943 at San Francisco then departed for Pearl Harbor arriving July 14, 1943 and the next day redesignated CVL-22. Conducted training exercises with USS Essex (CV-9) and USS Yorktown.
During 2016, a mission led by Robert Ballard, deep sea oceanographer, and partnered with the Ocean Exploration Trust and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, brought investigators closer to the wreckage than ever before. Using robotic exploration vehicles, the team surveyed the USS Independence for the first time since it sank 65 years ago, streaming footage online. While investigating the wreckage, researchers found evidence of at least one existing Grumman Hellcat plane as well as anti-aircraft weaponry.
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