* December 1, 1941: Intrepid's keel laid at Newport News, Virginia. * December 7, 1941: Japanese attack Pearl Harbor. * April 26, 1943: Launched. * August 16, 1943: Commissioned CV-11. * December 3, 1943: Sailed for Pearl Harbor via the Panama Canal and San Francisco. * January-February, 1944: Participated in the Marshall Islands invasion. * February 1944: Participated in raid on Truk. * February 17, 1944: Damaged by Japanese aerial torpedo. * September-October 1944: Participated in attacks on invasion of the Palaus. * Strikes against the Philippines, Formosa, and Okinawa. * Operated out of Utilic fleet anchorage in the Carolinas as unit of Task Force 38. * October 24, 25, 26, 1944: Participated in Battle of Leyte Gulf. Helped sink the super-battleship Musashi. * October 30, 1944: Hit by kamikaze--slight damage. * November 25, 1944: Hit by two kamikazes--heavily damaged. * March 1945: Strikes against Tokyo and Okinawa. Near miss by a Japanese heavy bomber kamikaze. * April 6, 1945: Helped sink the Japanese super-battleship Yamato. * April 16, 1945: Damaged during invasion by kamikaze attack off Okinawa. * August 1945: Reported back to the Fast Carrier Force. War ended. * August-December 1945: Policed the coasts of China and Korea, aiding in repatriation of Allied POW. * December 1945: Arrived back in the United States after Japan occupation duty. * 1946: Put in reserve at San Francisco. * October 1954: Completed modernization at the same yard at which she was built. * 1955-1962: Operated in the Mediterranean with the Sixth Fleet. * 1956: Refitted at the Brooklyn Navy Yard. Angled deck added. * May 24, 1962: Served as Recovery Ship for Mercury VII space capsule (astronaut Scott Carpenter) . * March 23, 1965: Acts as Recovery Ship for Gemini III space capsule (astronauts Gus Grissom and John Young). * May 1966-1968: Served with the Pacific Fleet off Vietnam in three combat cruises. * 1974: Decommissioned at Quonset Point R.I. Towed to Philadelphia for bicentennial celebration. * July 1982: Opens as the Intrepid Sea-Air-Space Museum in New York City.
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