She was originally built as light cruiser CL-59 Amsterdam, then finished as CV-22 and renamed Independence, reclassified as CVL-22. In 1943 she took part in combats near Wake Island, Rabaul and Gilbert Islands strikes. On November 20th, 1943 she was heavily damaged by Japanese aviation and went for repairing. During 1944-1945 took part in operations in Philippines area, Palau, Formosa, Indo-China and China coast. In March 1945 she fought against Okinawa. In July-August 1945 she strikes against Japanese Islands. After the end of the war Independence aircraft continued surveillance flights over the mainland locating prisoner of war camps and covered the landings of Allied occupation troops. She took past in Bikini Atoll tests twice on 1st July and 25th July 1946. The highly radioactive hulk was scuttled off the coast of San Francisco, California, on January 29th, 1951.
Took part in wars:
Battle of Pacific Ocean (1941-1945)
New Guinea Campaign (1942-1945)
Liberation of Philippines (1944-1945)
Battle of Okinawa (1945)
Allied Navy Aviation air raids on Japan (1944-1945)
Grumman TBF/TBM Avenger [ 2 4 7 ];
Grumman F4F Wildcat [ 5 ];
Grumman F6F Hellcat [ 6 12 13 ].