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CV-22 Independence

Ships
Hull No. Ship Name Laid Down Launched Commission Status
CVL 22 INDEPENDENCE 5/1/1941 8/22/1942 1/14/1943 Sunk as target in weapons tests off California, survived atomic tests at Bikini Atoll.
CVL 23 PRINCETON 6/2/1941 10/18/1942 2/25/1943 War Loss; damaged by Japanese dive bomber, 24 Sep 1944; Fires were nearly brought under control when bombs stored in aft torpedo magazine exploded, causing massive destruction aboard and seriously damaging Birmingham. Fires spread out of control; ship was abandoned and scuttled with torpedoes.
CVL 24 BELLEAU WOOD 8/11/1941 12/6/1942 3/31/1943 transferred to France, 5 September 1953 under the Mutual Defense Assistance Program; renamed BOIS BELLEAU and commissioned in French service 9 Sept 1953, designated R97. Returned to USN 9/60, stricken for disposal 1 Oct 1960. Scrapped at Chester PA in 1962.
CVL 25 COWPENS 11/17/1941 1/17/1943 5/28/1943 Stricken for disposal 1 Nov 1959, scrapped at Portland OR, 1961.
CVL 26 MONTEREY 12/29/1941 2/28/1943 6/17/1943 Stricken for disposal, 1 June 1970 and subsequently scrapped.
CVL 27 LANGLEY 4/11/1942 5/22/1943 7/15/1943 transferred to France under the Mutual Defense Assistance Program, 8 January 1951 and renamed LAFAYETTE (R-96); returned to U.S. and sold for scrap, Mar 1963.
CVL 28 CABOT 3/16/1942 4/4/1943 7/24/1943 Decommissioned 5 Aug 1989 at New Orleans for preservation by Cabot/Dedalo Foundation, but preservation efforts failed and the ship was towed to Port Isabel, TX 18 October 1997 in preparation for scrapping at Brownsville, TX; moved to Brownsville for scrapping 9 August 1998. Scrapping of Cabot began in November 2000 at Port Brownsville, Texas.
CVL 29 BATAAN 8/31/1942 8/1/1943 11/17/1943 Stricken for disposal 1 Sept 1959 and subsequently scrapped.
CVL 30 SAN JACINTO 10/26/1942 9/26/1943 11/15/1943 Sold for scrap, Dec 1971



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