Second Anniversary of the U.S.S. INTREPID CV-11, 16 August 1945

The following was copied from the Second Anniversary ‘Program’
of the U.S.S. INTREPID CV-11

Capt. Giles E. Short, U.S.N., Commanding Officer
Comdr. W. E. Ellis, U.S. N., Executive Officer

The first INTREPID is believed to have been built as a bomb ketch in France in 1798, for the Egyptian Expedition of General Bonaparte. It was sold to Tripoli and named MASTICO, and when captured off Tripoli by the American schooner ENTERPRISE, was given the name INTREPID.

The INTREPID was under the command of Stephen Decatur in his brilliant expedition which resulted in the destruction of the U.S.S. PHILADELPHIA on the night of Feb. 16, 1804. The PHILADELPHIA had grounded and was in the. Hands of the enemy. The purpose of the expedition was to prevent her further use against the United States Naval forces. Later the same year, Sept. 4, 1804, under the command of Lieutenant Somers, the ship was blown up with all hands in a perilous and fatal attempt to damage enemy shipping in the harbor of Tripoli.

Commodore Preble who had directed these exploits, returned to the United States and received the vote of thanks from Congress and an emblematic gold medal from President Jefferson. Lieutenant Decatur was promoted to Captain and presented with a sword by a grateful Congress.  They were both highly commended by Lord Nelson who characterized the first exploit of the INTEPID as “ the most bold and daring act of the age.” At the U.S. Naval Academy at Annapolis stands the Tripolitan Monument erected to the memory of the officers and men of the INTREPID who lost their lives on her fatal expedition.

The second INTREPID was built at Boston, commissioned in 1874, brig rigged and iron hull, 170 feet in length, 35 feet beam, 11 feet feet depth, steam torpedo ram, 438 tons. From Aug. 3 to Oct. 30, 1874, she cruised along the North Atlantic coast trying her torpedos. From 1875 to 1882, she was in commission at the New York Navy Yard. From 1883 to 1889, she was undergoing repairs and alterations at that Yard; striken from Navy list, and sold in 1892.

The third INTREPID was built at Mare Island in 1904 by the U.S. Navy. Whe was a steel vessel, bark rigged, length 176 feet, beam 45 feet, mean draft 16 feet, tonnage 1800 tons, armament four (4) six-pounders and two (2) one-pounders. She was designed and used as a training vessel. This INTREPID was stationed at Yerba Buena, California. She is now moored at Pearl Harbor.

The new U.S.S. INTREPID (CV-11) is the first aircraft carrier and the fourth naval vessel to be given this name. Her keel was laid Dec. 1, 1941, and she was launched April 26, 1943, at the Newport News Ship Building and Dry Dock Company. Mrs. John Howard Hoover, wife of Vice Admiral Hoover, was her sponsor. The INTREPID was the first major war vessel to be constructed at that yard in a graving dock.

The U.S.S. INTREPID (CV-11) was commissioned Aug. 16, 1943, by Rear Admiral Herbert W. Leary, U.S. Navy, Commandant of the Fifth Naval District. Former Commanding Officers are: Rear Admiral Thomas L. Sprague, U.S.N., Aug. 16, 1943 to March 28, 1944; Rear Admiral William D. Sample, U.S.N., April 19, 1944 to May 19, 1944; Capt. Richard K. Gaines, U.S.N., March 29, 1944 to April 18, 1944, and May 20, 1944, to May 29, 1944; Captain Joseph F. Bolger, U.S.N., May 29, 1944 to Feb. 15, 1945.

Today, aboard this modern, mighty INTREPID we celebrate her second birthday. On this second anniversary, officers and men join with Captain Giles E. Short, U.S.N., in the hope that in our future engagements with the enemy we shall continue to be worthy of the name INTREPID. God grant that, in the cool courage and fearless bravery of the present crew, the spirit of the heroic and undaunted crews of the past will live again in another “most bold and daring act of the age.”

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