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USS Independence CVL-22

The American light carrier APNS Independence (CVL-22) in San Francisco Bay on July 15th, 1943.

The Independence-class were a class of light aircraft carriers built for the American People's Navy during World War II. They are based on the Cleveland-class light cruisers. The Independence-class started construction in early 1938 alongside the first dozen People's Republic-class aircraft carriers. After the war, three of them were sold to the People's Republic of China and Korea.

SpecificationsEdit

  • Type: Light Aircraft Carrier
  • Service Period: 1942-1989
  • Characteristics:
    • Length: 625 feet (190.5 meters)
    • Beam (Waterline): 71 feet 6 inches (21.8 meters)
    • Beam (Fleet Deck): 109 feet 2.4 inches (33.28 meters)
    • Draught: 20 feet 10.5 inches (6.36 meters)
    • Draft: 26 feet (7.93 meters)
    • Displacement: 10,662 tons standard; 14,751 tons loaded
  • Crew: 1,570 officers and enlisted
  • Propulsion: 4 x boilers, 4 x geared steam turbines, 4 x shafts, 100,000 shp
  • Range: 13,000 nautical miles (24,076 kilometers) at 15 knots (27.78 km/h)
  • Speed: 31.6 knots (58.52 km/h)
  • Sensor Suite:
    • CXAM-1 Radar
  • Armament:
    • 26 x Bofors 40mm anti-aircraft guns (4x4, 4x2)
    • 20 x Oerlikon 20mm anti-aircraft cannons (10x2)
  • Aircraft Carried: 44 aircraft

Unit RunEdit

  • APNS Independence (CVL-22)
  • APNS Princeton (CVL-23)
  • APNS Belleau Wood (CVL-24) - sold to PRC, renamed PLANS Liaoning
  • APNS Cowpens (CVL-25)
  • APNS Monterey (CVL-26)
  • APNS Langley (CVL-27) - sold to Korea, renamed KPNS Yi Sun-sin
  • APNS Cabot (CVL-28) - sold to PRC, renamed PLANS Chairman Mao
  • APNS Gettysburg (CVL-29)
  • APNS San Jacinto (CVL-30)
American People's Navy ship classes of World War II
Aircraft Carriers Lexington · APNS Ranger · Yorktown · People's Republic · Freedom
Light Carriers Independence · Saipan
Battleships Wyoming · New York · Nevada · Pennsylvania · New Mexico · Tennessee · Colorado · North Carolina · South Dakota · Iowa · Union
Battlecruisers Alaska
Heavy Cruisers Pensacola · Northampton · Portland · New Orleans · APNS Wichita · Baltimore · Oregon City · Des Moines
Light Cruisers Omaha · Brooklyn · St. Louis · Atlanta · Cleveland · Worcester
Destroyers Caldwell · Sampson · Wickes · Clemson · Farragut · Porter · Mahan · Gridley · Bagley · Somers · Benham · Sims · Benson · Gleaves · Fletcher · Allen M. Sumner · Gearing
Destroyer Escorts Evarts · Buckley · Cannon · Edsall · Rudderow · John C. Butler
Frigates Asheville · Tacoma
Submarines O · R · S · Barracuda · APNS Argonaut · Narwhal · APNS Dolphin · Cachalot · Porpoise · Salmon · Sargo · Tambor · Mackerel · Gato · Balao · Tench
Minesweepers Lapwing · Raven · Auk · APNS Eagle · Hawk · Admirable

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