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Aircraft Carrier
Combat - Sea Units
1942 - Present



(later CVA-11 and CVS-11)

CLASS - ESSEX (Short Hull)
Displacement 27,100 Tons, Dimensions, 872' (oa) x 93' x 28' 7" (Max)
Armament 12 x 5"/38AA, 32 x 40mm, 46 x 20mm, 82 Aircraft.
Armor, 4" Belt, 2 1/2" Hanger deck, 1 1/2" Deck, 1 1/2" Conning Tower.
Machinery, 150,000 SHP; Westinghouse Geared Turbines, 4 screws
Speed, 33 Knots, Crew 3448.

Operational and Building Data
Built by Newport News. Laid down 1 Dec 1941, launched 26 Apr 1943, commissioned 16 August 1943. SCB 27C reconstruction at Newport News started 9 April 1952, completed and recommissioned 20 June 1954. Redesignated as an attack carrier (CVA 11) 1 October 1952 while in overhaul. SCB 125 angled deck modernization at New York Navy 9/1956 to 2 May 1957. Redesignated as an ASW carrier (CVS 11) 31 Mar 1962. FRAM II life extension 3/1965 to 10/1965. Operated as light attack carrier with CVS designation off Vietnam.

FATE: Decommissioned to reserve, 15 March 1974; was last CVS in service. Donated as a Museum and Memorial, and ownership transferred to Sea*Air*Space Museum, 27 April 1981. Stricken upon transfer of custody to Museum, 23 March 1982. Preserved at Sea*Air*Space Museum in New York City. Listed on the National Register of Historic Places, ref. no. 86000082, and designated a National Historic Landmark, 14 January 1986.

"Intrepid" means "fearless, brave." CV-11 was named to commemorate the previous service of three US warships:

  1. ketch captured to the Tripolitans.
  2. steam torpedo ram.
  3. steel-hulled bark.

NS098641210: "Burning of the Frigate Philadelphia in the Harbor of Tripoli, February 16, 1804." Oil on canvas, 60" by 42", by Edward Moran (1829–1901), signed and dated by the artist, 1897. It depicts USF Philadelphia, previously captured by the Tripolitans, ablaze after she was boarded and set afire by a party from the ketch USS Intrepid (in the foreground) led by LT Stephen Decatur. Painting in the U.S. Naval Academy Museum Collection. Gift of Paul E. Sutro, 1940. US Naval History and Heritage Command photo # NH 10849, via Tommy Trampp.

USS Intrepid (CV-11)

USS Intrepid (CVA-11)


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257 Members Who Served in This Unit


  • Adams, Cecil R., SN, (1954-1962)
  • Adams, Richard, AN, (1964-1969)
  • Ahlman, Larry, PO3, (1961-1964)
  • Anderson, Jesse, FN, (1956-1960)
  • Archambault, Robert, PO2, (1968-1976)
  • Arnold, Curtis, PO2, (1958-1964)
  • Arnold, Jo, PO3, (1966-1970)
  • Babb, Peter, SN, (1957-1960)
  • Bair, Gregory, LT, (1965-1992)
  • Baker, Dan, PO3, (1957-1959)
  • Barrett, Gene, SA, (1955-Present)
  • Bartlett, Francis, LT, (1966-1986)
  • Basl, Dale, PO1, (1963-1967)
  • Benedict, Larry, AN, (1958-1961)
  • Benn, Barry, AN, (1955-1959)
  • BIDDLE, SIDNEY, PO3, (1954-1958)
  • Bisson, Rene, MCPO, (1967-1998)
  • Boswell, Bill, PO2, (1967-1971)
  • Bovair, Lawrence, SR, (1965-1970)
  • Bowman, Kenneth, PO3, (1964-1970)
  • Bray, James, PO2, (1957-1960)
  • Bronsard, Louis, SCPO, (1957-1976)
  • Brooks, Arthur, SN, (1958-1960)
  • Brown, Mac, FN, (1965-1969)
  • Bucher, John, AN, (1955-1963)
  • Buck, Clarence, SN, (1961-1967)
  • Burgbacher, John, SN, (1960-1963)
  • Burkhart, Jack, CPO, (1945-1966)
  • Bush, Andrew, PO2, (1964-1968)
  • Cabral, David, SN, (1967-1969)
  • Cafferty, Doane, PO2, (1958-1962)
  • Campbell, Ronald, FA, (1961-1962)
  • Caton, Kenneth, AN, (1955-1963)
  • Churchey, Gary, PO2, (1965-1969)
  • Clark, Kent, PO3, (1966-1970)
  • Clemmer, John, PO3, (1954-1958)
  • Cochran, Gary, PO2, (1958-1962)
  • Coffland, David L., PO3, (1954-1958)
  • Coffland, David, PO3, (1954-1957)
  • Cook, James Maxwell, SCPO, (1943-1964)
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Battle/Operations History Detail
Yankee Station was a point in the Gulf of Tonkin off the coast of Vietnam used by the U.S. Navy aircraft carriers of Task Force 77 to launch strikes in the Vietnam War. While its official designation was "Point Yankee," it was universally referred to as Yankee Station. Carriers conducting air operations at Yankee Station were said to be "on the line" and statistical summaries were based on days on the line.
The name derived from it being the geographic reference point "Y", pronounced "Yankee" in the NATO phonetic alphabet. In turn the term Point Yankee derived from the launch point for "Yankee Team" aerial reconnaissance missions over Laos conducted in 1964. It was located about 190 km due east of Dong Hoi, at 17° 30' N and 108° 30' E.

During the two periods of sustained air operations against North Vietnam (March 2, 1965-October 31, 1968 and March 30, 1972-December 29, 1972) there were normally three carriers on the line, each conducting air operations for twelve hours, then off for twelve hours. One of the carriers would operate from noon to midnight, another from midnight to noon, and one during daylight hours, which gave 24-hour coverage plus additional effort during daylight hours, when sorties were most effective. However at the end of May, 1972, six carriers were for a short period of time on the line at Yankee Station conducting Linebacker strikes.

The first aircraft carrier at Yankee Station was USS Kitty Hawk, which was ordered there in April 1964 for the Yankee Team missions. Kitty Hawk was joined by Ticonderoga in May and Constellation in June, two months prior to the Gulf of Tonkin Resolution. Ticonderoga and Constellation launched the first bombing missions from Yankee Station on August 5, 1964. Constellation was also the last carrier conducting operations at Yankee Station on August 15, 1973. USS Forrestal suffered a major accident while at Yankee Station when a series of fires and explosions on her deck killed 134 men and injured another 161.

A corresponding Dixie Station in the South China Sea off the Mekong Delta was a single carrier point for conducting strikes within South Vietnam from May 15, 1965 to August 3, 1966.
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