The Independence Light Aircraft Carriers


The Independence-class carriers, built during World War II, have been ignored in many ways. Yet this nine-ship class contributed significantly to victory in the Pacific. As a wartime expedient, they were badly needed complements to the regular Essex fast carriers described in Faltum's previous book. The Navy converted light cruiser hulls already under construction into fast, light aircraft carriers, which, for their size were well-armed and efficient ships beloved by crews. The Independence carriers served in the U.S. Navy through the Korean War and some later served in the French and Spanish navies; the Cabot (Dedalo) was decommissioned in 1989.


Andrew Faltum 

2002, 7x10, cloth, 200 pp.