Norfolk, Virginia — The American South (Mid-Atlantic)
USS Intrepid (CV-11)
Decommissioned: 15 March 1974
The propeller is from the USS Intrepid (CV-11) aka "The Fighting I", an Essex Class Carrier built during World War II. Intrepid was launched on 26 April 1943 across the river at Newport News Shipbuilding & Dry Dock Co. She has one of the most distinguished service records of any Navy ship, seeing active service in the Pacific Theater including the Marshall Islands. Truk, Leyte Gulf, and Okinawa. At war's end, she supported occupation forces by providing air support and supply services. Not only was she a war fighter, she also participated in the Gemini and Mercury space programs as a recovery ship.
After 30 years of distinguished service Intrepid was retired and scheduled for disposal until a campaign saved her and she was converted to a museum in 1982. Four years later the ship was designated as a National Historic Landmark and is now moored in New York City. Over the years "The Fighting I" has hosted many special events including wrestling events, press conferences, parties and was designated an FBI operations center immediately following the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks.
Displacement: >33,000 tons
Length: 898 ft
Speed: 33 knots
Complement: 2,600 Officers and Enlisted
The City appreciates the efforts of Naval Support Activity Hampton Roads and Wartsila Defense
Erected by City of Norfolk.
Location. 36° 57.485′ N, 76° 15.566′ W. Marker is in Norfolk, Virginia. Marker is at the intersection of West Ocean View Avenue (U.S. 60) and Tidewater Drive (Virginia Route 168) on West Ocean View Avenue. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Norfolk VA 23503, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 3 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Susan Constant Shrine (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); Operation Torch, 1942 (about 500 feet away); Flagship Sarah Constant (about 500 feet away); Landing of Wool and Surrender of Norfolk (approx. 0.2 miles away); First Flight Ship to Shore (approx. 0.4 miles away); Battle, Monitor and Merrimack (approx. 1.8 miles away); Birthplace of Naval Aviation (approx. 1.9 miles away); Naval Aviation Depot, Norfolk (approx. 2.3 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Norfolk.
Categories. • War, World II • Waterways & Vessels •
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on April 29, 2016, by Kevin W. of Stafford, Virginia. This page has been viewed 134 times since then and 32 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3. submitted on April 29, 2016, by Kevin W. of Stafford, Virginia.