HEAVY FRIGATE 1814-1912
First ship of the line commissioned in the United States Navy. Originally a 90-gun ship launched on 22 June 1814 in the Boston Navy Yard, she immediately took on guns and was stationed with frigate USS Constitution to protect the approaches to Boston Harbor under command of Captain William M. Crane. Served as flagship of many commodores and fought during the Mexican-American War.
INDEPENDENCE-CLASS CVL-22 1943-1946
First carrier to bear the name. Began as light cruiser Amsterdam, CL-59, she was converted to a carrier and launched as CV-22 on 22 August 1942 and commissioned 14 January 1943, Captain G. R. Fairlamb, Jr., in command. The first of a new class of carriers converted from cruiser hulls. Independence received eight battle stars for World War II service. Assigned as a target vessel for the Bikini atomic bomb tests before finally being decommissioned 28 August 1946.
FORRESTAL-CLASS CV-62 1952-1998
The USS Independence (CV-62), formerly CVA-62, was a Forrestal-class aircraft carrier that was launched by New York Navy Yard 6 June 1958 and commissioned 10 January 1959; Captain R. Y. McElroy in command. She was the first Atlantic Fleet carrier to be deployed in the South China Sea during the Vietnam War and took part in several major operations including the blockade of Cuba during the Cuban Missile Crisis in 1962. Independence was decommissioned on 30 September 1998.
INDEPENDENCE-CLASS LCS-2 2010-2027
The design for Independence (LCS 2) was based on a high-speed trimaran hull built. The 418-foot (127-meter) surface combatant design required a crew of 40 sailors. Although the trimaran hull increases the total surface area, it is still able to reach sustainable speeds of about 50 knots with a range of 10,000 nautical miles. It was designed with enough payload and volume to carry out one mission with a separate mission module in reserve. It was destroyed during the third World War.
NX-CLASS NX-08 2157-2163
Placed into immediate service in the Earth-Romulan War (2156-2160) where she served distinctly. One of her more notable missions, was the rescue of her sister ship, Enterprise (NX-01), from a Romulan ambush in 2159. She was decommissioned in 2163 and placed in the Reserve Fleet. In 2170, she was stricken and moved to the Fleet Museum next to sisters Enterprise (NX-01) and Columbia (NX-02).
CONSTITUTION-CLASS NCC-1776 2298-233
The USS Independence (NCC-1776) was a Constitution-class starship launched in 2298. She made first contact with 9 worlds and charted over 29 light years of space on the far side of Federation space. She was decommissioned on August 04, 2336.