This U.S. Aircraft Carrier Fought Battleships, Picked up Astronauts and Fought MiGs

November 24, 2017 Topic: Security Region: Asia Blog Brand: The Buzz Tags: IntrepidAircraft CarrierU.S. NavyMilitaryTechnologyHistoryNavy

This U.S. Aircraft Carrier Fought Battleships, Picked up Astronauts and Fought MiGs

USS Intrepid was one of a kind. 

 

During Intrepid’s Vietnam deployments, twenty-one crew and aviators died in combat operations and accidents, and three of its fliers were taken prisoner.

The Intrepid wound down its operational career more peacefully with antisubmarine patrols before it was finally decommissioned again, in 1974. Though it was supposed to be scrapped like all but three of the other Essex-class carriers, former crew and philanthropists successfully lobbied for the battle-scarred carrier to remain active as a museum ship.

 

This is how it came to be berthed at Pier 86 in New York, where it hosts the Intrepid Air and Space Museum, which also includes numerous aircraft and the submarine USS Growler.

The Intrepid’s career as a museum ship has not been entirely uneventful. In 2006, it had to be pried free from thousands of tons of silty muck that had built up around its screws. Then in 2012, it received a decidedly unique addition to its “air wing”: the space shuttle Enterprise, towed there after landing at JFK.

Sébastien Roblin holds a Master’s Degree in Conflict Resolution from Georgetown University and served as a university instructor for the Peace Corps in China. He has also worked in education, editing, and refugee resettlement in France and the United States. He currently writes on security and military history for War Is Boring.

Image: Reuters

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