USS Independence Under Tow to Breaking Yard

The decommissioned aircraft carrier USS Independence departed Washington on Saturday, bound for Brownsville, Texas. USS Independence is being towed around South America through the Strait of Magellan to International Shipbreaking where she will be dismantled.

She entered service in 1959, with many of her early years spent in the Mediterranean Fleet.

USS Independence made a single tour off the coast of Vietnam in 1965 during the Vietnam War and also carried out airstrikes against Syrian forces during the Lebanese Civil War and operations over Iraq during Operation Southern Watch, the enforcement of the no-fly zone over southern Iraq.

USS Independence was decommissioned in 1998 after 39 years of active service.

USS Independence under construction at the Brooklyn Navy Yard in 1955.

USS Independence fitting out at the Brooklyn Navy Yard in June 1958; USS Enterprise (CV-6) is opposite awaiting disposal.

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