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Following the USS Midway, the USS Independence was the second forward-deployed US aircraft carrier in Japan. It was based in Yokosuka during 1991-98.
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I went with a group to tour the USS Independence while it was homeported at Yokosuka. All the planes were gone, flown to Atsugi.
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CV-62 Freedom's Flagship is nicknamed "Indy." Commissioned in 1959.
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Elevator
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Bow and anchor
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Riding on the elevator to the flight deck.
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The elevator is normally used to carry planes up to the flight deck.
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Flight deck of the USS Independence. The island or control tower can be seen.
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Control tower of the Indy.
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Flight deck of the USS Independence.
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Catapult
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We all received a cap.
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Nets along the edge function as a safety net for any crew who has to jump off the flight deck.
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The flight deck is dotted with these lugs used to tie down the planes.
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Fan tail
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Sailor
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Bridge
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Inside the bridge
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Bridge
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"Welcome aboard!"
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Captain's seat. We took turns sitting on it for pictures.
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View of the flight deck from the bridge.
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Bridge windows
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Inside the USS Independence
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Submarine moored in the next berth.
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Sailor
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Hangar below deck. The USS Independence was decommissioned in Sept. 1998.
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This is the USS Midway which I also toured with a group while it was still homeported in Yokosuka during 1973-1991. The first US aircraft carrier to be homeported outside the US.
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Flight deck of the USS Midway.
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USS Midway control tower
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USS Midway flight deck
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There were no planes on the carrier when we visited. They were all at Atsugi. This jet was gutted and used only for ground crew training.
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Elevator on USS Midway
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USS Midway hangar. The ship is now a museum in San Diego, California.
   
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