Allied Warships

USS Independence (CVL 22)

Light fleet carrier of the Independence class

NavyThe US Navy
TypeLight fleet carrier
PennantCVL 22 
Built byNew York Shipbuilding Corp. (Camden, New Jersey, U.S.A.) 
Ordered1 Jul 1940 
Laid down1 May 1941 
Launched22 Aug 1942 
Commissioned14 Jan 1943 
End service28 Aug 1946 

Used as a target ship for Operation Crossroads atom bomb tests in July 1946.
Survived the first bomb test but during the second test the flight deck collapsed
Decommissioned on 28 August 1946.
The ship was employed as a radiation research hulk for several years, and was docked at San Francisco.
Finally sunk as a target on 30 January 1951.
Stricken 27 February 1951.

Former nameAmsterdam (CL-59)

Commands listed for USS Independence (CVL 22)

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1T/Capt. George Richardson Fairlamb, Jr., USN14 Jan 194327 Sep 1943
2T/Capt. Rudolf Lincoln Johnson, USN27 Sep 194326 Jul 1944
3T/Capt. Edward Coyle Ewen, USN26 Jul 19446 Mar 1945
4T/Capt. Nolan Martin Kindell, USN6 Mar 194528 Aug 1946

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