– INTREPID is Born Again

CV 11 8 16 1943

Intrepid was launched 26 April ’43, by Newport News Shipbuilding & Dry Dock Company, Newport News, VA. She was the 4th Essex-class aircraft carrier to be launched and was sponsored by the wife of Vice Admiral John H. Hoover. On 16 August ’43, she was commissioned with Captain Thomas L. Sprague in command before heading to the Caribbean for shakedown and training missions.

Intrepid’s motto was “In Mare In Coelo” ( “In the Sea In Heaven” ) or “On the Sea (and) In the Sky”.

On October 2, ’08, it was the “Dawn of a New Era” for Intrepid. She was on her way to re-open as the Intrepid Sea-Air-Space Museum located at Pier 86 on the Hudson River located at 12th Ave. & 46th Street in New York.

The Intrepid Museum features a range of interactive exhibits and events providing a snapshot of Intrepid’s service history to our nation, heroism, education and excitement.

The Museum is dedicated to the exhibition and interpretation of history, science and service as related to its home aboard the USS Intrepid, a National Historic Landmark.

As you explore the Museum you will be able to examine original artifacts, view historic video footage, and explore interactive exhibits. Visitors can also ride in the A-6 Cockpit Simulator, visit the Virtual Flight Zone and tour the inside of the world’s fastest commercial airplane, Concorde and see the Museum’s new addition the space shuttle Enterprise that is now positioned in the Museum’s new Space Shuttle Pavilion located on Intrepid’s flight deck.

Intrepid fought valiantly in WWII, survived 3 tours off Vietnam and played a vital role in submarine surveillance during the Cold War. She also escaped a grim fate.

For all their storied years and accomplished missions in the fleet, Navy ships are eventually decommissioned. With no mission nor crew, these ships are either adopted by a foreign military or abandoned for scrapping, sometimes forgotten for years in a ‘moth-ball’d’ or ‘ghost fleet’ decaying from the inside out before they’re sold for scrap.

Intrepid was decommissioned after WWII, missed being scrapped and actually made her way back into service over the years. The Intrepid Museum now serves our nation as a venue providing the history of Intrepid, while also providing loving memories – not just for some of those who served her with pride and dedication, and still serve her as volunteers – but also for all former Intrepid crewmembers, many who still make an attempt to visit their once ‘home-away-from-home’.

There are many sections of Intrepid open to the public that have been restored & maintained. Restoration costs are expensive so vast portions of Intrepid still remain unrestored and as they were when the ship left naval service in ’74. Some areas of Intrepid have been untouched for nearly 40 years.

Exploring these areas, Intrepid is seen as it was when President Nixon was neck-deep in the Watergate scandal, the Vietnam war still waged, and when the Intrepid was finally decommissioned. Well – maybe not just as it was then…after all, 4 decades have taken their toll on the 69 year old carrier, but – there were…and still may be – enough old personal items around to make one feel like the crew had just left.

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