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Distant view of the aircraft carrier USS INDEPENDENCE (CV-62) underway, as seen from the guided missile cruiser USS COLUMBUS (CG-12)

A starboard view of the aircraft carrier USS INDEPENDENCE (CV-62) underway

A port bow view of the aircraft carrier USS INDEPENDENCE (CV-62) underway

Undersecretary of the Navy Robert Baldwin, center, a member of his party, left, and a pilot from the Air Anti-submarine Squadron 28 (VS-28) in flight gear during Baldwin's visit aboard the aircraft carrier USS INDEPENDENCE (CV-62)

Undersecretary of the Navy Robert Baldwin, left, a member of his party, center, and a pilot from the Air Anti-submarine Squadron 28 (VS-28) in flight gear during Baldwin's visit aboard the aircraft carrier USS INDEPENDENCE (CV-62)

Undersecretary of the Navy Robert Baldwin, left rear, and members of his party are given a tour of the combat information center (CIC) during their visit aboard the aircraft carrier USS INDEPENDENCE (CV-62)

West German Defense Minister Hans Apel with distinguished guests, officers and crewmen on the bridge during his visit aboard the aircraft carrier USS INDEPENDENCE (CV-62)

A Navy pilot talks to Charles Snodgrass, right, a distinguished visitor, as they stand on the flight deck of the aircraft carrier USS INDEPENDENCE (CV-62)

Captain Thomas C. Watson Jr., right, commanding officer, welcomes Rear Adm. Frederick C. Johnson for a visit aboard the aircraft carrier USS INDEPENDENCE (CV-62)

CAPT Thomas C. Watson Jr., right, commanding officer, welcomes Charles Snodgrass, a distinguished guest arriving for a visit aboard the aircraft carrier USS INDEPENDENCE (CV-62)

CDR John Calhoun, executive officer of the aircraft carrier USS INDEPENDENCE (CV-62), talks with one of two civilians just rescued at sea by Helicopter Squadron 15 (HS-15)

A hospital corpsman aboard the aircraft carrier USS INDEPENDENCE (CV-62) checks one of two civilians just rescued at sea by Helicopter Squadron 15 (HS-15)

LT. CMDR. George E. Dobes, Chaplain Corps, conducts a memorial service on the flight deck of the aircraft carrier USS INDEPENDENCE (CV-62). The service is being held for an INDEPENDENCE crew

An overhead view of a memorial service on the flight deck of the aircraft carrier USS INDEPENDENCE (CV-62)

A U.S. Marine Corps color guard stands at attention during a memorial service on the flight deck of the aircraft carrier USS INDEPENDENCE (CV-62)

Crewmen participate in a memorial service on the flight deck of the aircraft carrier USS INDEPENDENCE (CV-62). The service is being held for one of their fellow crewmen

CAPT Thomas C. Watson Jr., commanding officer, delivers the eulogy at a memorial service on the flight deck of the aircraft carrier USS INDEPENDENCE (CV-62). The service is being held for an INDEPENDENCE crewman

Lieutenant Commander James A. Gessler, senior medical officer, directs emergency operations following a fire in a berthing compartment aboard the aircraft carrier USS INDEPENDENCE (CV-62)

Lieutenant Commander James A. Gessler, senior medical officer, comforts a smoke-inhalation victim following a fire in a berthing compartment aboard the aircraft carrier USS INDEPENDENCE (CV-62)

Crewmen transport a victim during emergency operations following a fire in a berthing compartment aboard the aircraft carrier USS INDEPENDENCE (CV-62)

Hospital corpsmen take the blood pressure of a smoke-inhalation victim following a fire in a berthing compartment aboard the aircraft carrier USS INDEPENDENCE (CV-62)

LT. CMDR. James A. Gessler, senior medical officer, and two hospital corpsmen administer first aid to a smoke-inhalation victim following a fire in a berthing compartment aboard the aircraft carrier USS INDEPENDENCE (CV-62)

Hospital corpsmen administer first aid to a victim following a fire in a berthing compartment aboard the aircraft carrier USS INDEPENDENCE (CV-62)

A hospital corpsmen inserts an intravenous (IV) needle into the hand of a smoke-inhalation victim following a fire in a berthing compartment aboard the aircraft carrier USS INDEPENDENCE (CV-62)

An aerial port quarter view of the aircraft carrier USS INDEPENDENCE (CV-62) underway

Port bow view of the aircraft carrier USS INDEPENDENCE (CV-62) underway while headed from Saint Thomas, Virgin Islands, to Norfolk, VA

A bow view of the aircraft carrier USS INDEPENDENCE (CV-62) underway while headed from Saint Thomas, Virgin Islands, to Norfolk, Va

A memorial service is held for two members of Attack Squadron 176 (VA-176) in the chapel of the aircraft carrier USS INDEPENDENCE (CV-62)

Aircraft from squadrons embarked aboard the aircraft carrier USS INDEPENDENCE (CV-62) fly in formation over their bombing target following an ordnance display

A starboard view of the aircraft carrier USS INDEPENDENCE (CV-62) underway with the destroyer USS PETERSON (DD-969) alongside

A port bow view of the aircraft carrier USS INDEPENDENCE (CV-62) underway with the destroyer USS PETERSON (DD-969) in the background

A high angle port bow view of the aircraft carrier USS INDEPENDENCE (CV-62) making a right turn

An elevated starboard quarter view of the aircraft carrier USS INDEPENDENCE (CV-62), foreground, sailing by the nuclear-powered aircraft carrier USS DWIGHT D. EISENHOWER (CVN-69). The EISENHOWER is on deployment and is being relieved by the INDEPENDENCE

A port bow view of the nuclear-powered aircraft carrier USS DWIGHT D. EISENHOWER (CVN-69), foreground, with a CH-46 Sea Knight helicopter at the stern, as she is relieved from deployment by the aircraft carrier USS INDEPENDENCE (CV-62)

A right front view of an S-3 Viking aircraft landing on the flight deck of the aircraft carrier USS INDEPENDENCE (CV-62)

A right front view of an F-14 Tomcat as it prepares to land on the flight deck of the aircraft carrier USS INDEPENDENCE (CV-62)

A right rear view of an F-14 Tomcat from Fighter Squadron 101 (VF-101) completing a successful recovery aboard the aircraft carrier USS INDEPENDENCE (CV-62)

A starboard bow view of the aircraft carrier USS INDEPENDENCE (CV-62) as an F-4J Phantom II aircraft is launched during flight operations

LCDR John Rosenblatt, left, is assisted while conducting Jewish Sabbath services in the chapel aboard the aircraft carrier USS INDEPENDENCE (CV-62)

LCDR John Rosenblatt conducts Jewish Sabbath services in the chapel aboard the aircraft carrier USS INDEPENDENCE (CV-62)

CAPT Thomas C. Watson Jr., left, give distinguished guests a tour of the combat information center (CIC) aboard the aircraft carrier USS INDEPENDENCE (CV-62)

CAPT Thomas C. Watson Jr., left, commanding officer, and crewmen give distinguished guests a tour of the combat information center (CIC) aboard the aircraft carrier USS INDEPENDENCE (CV-62)

A view from the flight deck of the aircraft carrier USS INDEPENDENCE (CV-62) while it is anchored in the harbor

A partial view of the aircraft carrier USS INDEPENDENCE (CV-62) with aircraft on its flight deck

Four flight deck crewmen aboard the aircraft carrier USS INDEPENDENCE (CV-62) attach a missile to the wing of an A-7 Corsair II aircraft

CAPT Thomas C. Watson Jr., center, commanding officer, explains the function of the bridge to Dr. Hiehle, a distinguished visitor aboard the aircraft carrier USS INDEPENDENCE (CV-62)

RDML James R. Sanderson, center, welcomes a distinguished guest aboard the aircraft carrier USS INDEPENDENCE (CV-62)

Aides watch as RDML James R. Sanderson, left, and CAPT Thomas C. Watson Jr., commanding officer, welcome the mayor of Naples for a visit aboard the aircraft carrier USS INDEPENDENCE (CV-62) and for a meal in the officers' mess

A right front view of an F-4J Phantom II aircraft from Fighter Squadron 33 (VF-33) being prepared for launching from the flight deck of the aircraft carrier USS INDEPENDENCE (CV-62). The aircraft is assigned to Carrier Air Wing 7 (CVW-7)

A right front view of an F-4J Phantom II aircraft from Fighter Squadron 102 (VF-102) landing on the flight deck of the aircraft carrier USS INDEPENDENCE (CV-62). The aircraft is assigned to Carrier Air Wing 7 (CVW-7)

A right front view of an F-4J Phantom II aircraft from Fighter Squadron 33 (VF-33) just prior to launch from the flight deck of the aircraft carrier USS INDEPENDENCE (CV-62). The aircraft is assigned to Carrier Air Wing 7 (CVW-7)

A front view of an F-4J Phantom II aircraft from Fighter Squadron 102 (VF-102) just prior to launch from the flight deck of the aircraft carrier USS INDEPENDENCE (CV-62). The aircraft is assigned to Carrier Air Wing 7 (CVW-7)

Group shot of 17 officers from various NATO Countries during their visit aboard the aircraft carrier USS INDEPENDENCE (CV-62)

A port bow view of the aircraft carrier USS INDEPENDENCE (CV-62) underway

A port view of the aircraft carrier USS INDEPENDENCE (CV-62) anchored in the harbor

A stern view of the aircraft carrier USS INDEPENDENCE (CV-62) underway

A starboard bow view of the fast combat support ship USS DETROIT (AOE-4) and starboard quarter view of the aircraft carrier USS INDEPENDENCE (CV-62) while the two ships are anchored in the harbor

The sun shines on the water as the aircraft carrier USS INDEPENDENCE (CV-62) and its escort ships are anchored in the harbor

A starboard quarter view of the aircraft carrier USS INDEPENDENCE (CV-62), left, the fast combat support ship USS DETROIT (AOE-4), center, and the British frigate HMS SCYLLA (F-71) as the carrier is refueled by the support ship during a NATO exercise

A port view of the aircraft carrier USS INDEPENDENCE (CV-62) with the fast combat support ship USS DETROIT (AOE-4) alongside during underway replenishment (UNREP)

A port view of the aircraft carrier USS INDEPENDENCE (CV-62) underway with the fast combat ship USS DETROIT (AOE-4) underway in the background

A port view of the aircraft carrier USS INDEPENDENCE (CV-62) with the fast combat support ship USS DETROIT (AOE-4) alongside during underway replenishment (UNREP)

A view of the aircraft carrier USS INDEPENDENCE (CV-62), right, the fast combat support ship USS DETROIT (AOE-4), center, and the British frigate HMS SCYLLA (F-71) as the carrier is refueled by the support ship during a NATO exercise

A U.S. Marine plays taps during a memorial service on the flight deck of the aircraft carrier USS INDEPENDENCE (CV-62). The service is being held for two pilots from Fighter Squadron 33 (VF-33)

Officers, clergymen and a U.S. Marine Corps color guard stand near a fighter aircraft during a memorial service on the flight deck of the aircraft carrier USS INDEPENDENCE (CV-62). The service is being held for two pilots from Fighter Squadron 33 (VF-33)

An overhead view of a memorial service underway on the flight deck of the aircraft carrier USS INDEPENDENCE (CV-62). The service is being held for two pilots from Fighter Squadron 33 (VF-33)

A port bow view of the aircraft carrier USS INDEPENDENCE (CV-62) anchored in the harbor

A hangar deck officer gives retired ADM David L. McDonald, with tie, and his party a tour of the hangar bay during their visit aboard the aircraft carrier USS INDEPENDENCE (CV-62)

A UH-46 Sea Knight helicopter lowers cargo onto the flight deck of the aircraft carrier USS INDEPENDENCE (CV-62) during vertical replenishment (VERTREP) operations

A starboard quarter view of the aircraft carrier USS INDEPENDENCE (CV-62) and its battle group heading home from deployment in the Mediterranean Sea. The ships include, clockwise, from right: the guided missile destroyer USS FARRAGUT (DDG-37), the frigate USS MCCANDLESS (FF-1084), the INDEPENDENCE, the fast combat support ship USS DETROIT (AOE-4), the frigate USS GARCIA (FF-1040), the guided missile destroyer USS MAHAN (DDG-42), the destroyer USS CARON (DD-970) and the destroyer USS PETERSON (DD-969)

A stern view of the aircraft carrier USS INDEPENDENCE (CV-62), right, and the fast combat support ship USS DETROIT (AOE-4) underway with six escort ships in the lead during the battle group's homeward voyage from deployment in the Mediterranean Sea

An overhead view of the aircraft carrier USS INDEPENDENCE (CV-62) underway as crewmen form the word "Indy" on the flight deck. The carrier is heading home from deployment in the Mediterranean Sea

Radioman PFC. J. Krippendorf and his squad leader, CPL. C. Candelario, both from the Marine detachment of the aircraft carrier USS INDEPENDENCE (CV-62), train in tactical maneuvers at the marine Corps Development and Education Command. They are armed with M-16A1 rifles

Radioman PFC J. Krippendorf and his squad leader, CPL C. Candelario, both from the Marine detachment of the aircraft carrier USS INDEPENDENCE (CV-62), train in tactical maneuvers at the Marine Corps Development and Education Command

Radio Communications Man PFC J. Krippendorf and his squad leader, CPL C. Candelario, both from the Marine detachment of the aircraft carrier USS INDEPENDENCE (CV-62), train in tactical maneuvers at the Marine Corps Development and Education Command. They are armed with M-16A1 rifles

Radioman PFC J. Krippendorf and his squad leader, CPL C. Candelario, both from the Marine detachment of the aircraft carrier USS INDEPENDENCE (CV-62), train in tactical maneuvers at the Marine Corps Development and Education Command

A left side air-to-air view of four Attack Squadron 176 (VA-176) A-6E Intruder aircraft. The aircraft are assigned to Carrier Air Wing Six (CVW-6), based aboard the aircraft carrier USS INDEPENDENCE (CV 62)

An air-to-air left side view of six A-7E Corsair II aircraft from Attack Squadron 87 (VA-87). The aircraft are assigned to Carrier Air Wing 6 (CVW-6), based aboard the aircraft carrier USS INDEPENDENCE (CV 62)

Captain Jerry Breast, Commanding Officer, explains the bridge to Vice Admiral Thomas J. Kilcline (center back) and members of congress touring the aircraft carrier USS INDEPENDENCE (CV 62)

The Bahamian Royal Police band entertains crewmen aboard the aircraft carrier USS INDEPENDENCE (CV 62) during a port visit

The Bahamian Royal Police band entertains crewmen aboard the aircraft carrier USS INDEPENDENCE (CV 62) during a port visit

Captain Jerry Breast, left, and crewmen paint a green C, for communications efficiency, on the aircraft carrier USS INDEPENDENCE (CV 62)

U.S. Marines aboard the aircraft carrier USS INDEPENDENCE (CV-62) offload the remains of Lieutenant Commander Nicholas George Brooks from an SH-3 Sea King helicopter, attached to Carrier Air Wing 6 (CVW-6). Brooks, killed in action over Laos in 1973, will be given a burial-at-sea service

A view of the burial-at-sea service for Lieutenant Commander (LCDR) Nicholas George Brooks, is held aboard the aircraft carrier USS INDEPENDENCE (CV 62). LCDR Brooks was killed in action over Laos in 1973

The coffin of LT. CMDR. Nicholas George Brooks slides into the sea during a burial-at-sea service held aboard the aircraft carrier USS INDEPENDENCE (CV-62). LT. CMDR. Brooks was killed in action over Laos in 1973

A burial-at-sea service is conducted aboard the aircraft carrier USS INDEPENDENCE (CV 62) for Lieutenant Commander Nicholas George Brooks, killed in action over Laos in 1973

A memorial service for Lieutenant Commander (LCDR) Nicholas George Brooks is held aboard the aircraft carrier USS INDEPENDENCE (CV 62). LCDR Brooks was killed in action over Laos in 1973

A port view of the nuclear-powered aircraft carrier USS DWIGHT D. EISENHOWER (CVN-69) and the aircraft carrier USS INDEPENDENCE (CV-62) underway. The INDEPENDENCE is relieving the EISENHOWER from its deployment in the area

An aerial starboard quarter view of the nuclear-powered aircraft carrier USS DWIGHT D. EISENHOWER (CVN-69) and the aircraft carrier USS INDEPENDENCE (CV-62) underway. The INDEPENDENCE is relieving the EISENHOWER from its deployment in the area

An aerial port bow view of the guided missile destroyer USS COONTZ (DDG 40) underway. The aircraft carrier USS INDEPENDENCE (CV 62) is in the background

A port view of the guided missile destroyer USS COONTZ (DDG 40) underway. The aircraft carrier USS INDEPENDENCE (CV 66) is tied up at a pier, background

A bow view of the aircraft carrier USS INDEPENDENCE (CV 62) underway

A port view of the aircraft carrier USS INDEPENDENCE (CV 62) underway. The nuclear-powered aircraft carrier USS DWIGHT D. EISENHOWER (CVN 69) is in the background

An F-14 Tomcat aircraft lands on the flight deck of the aircraft carrier USS INDEPENDENCE (CV 62) during operations off the coast of Beirut, Lebanon

Flight deck crewmen prepare to use tie-down chains to secure an aircraft to the deck of the aircraft carrier USS INDEPENDENCE (CV 62), during operations off the coast of Beirut, Lebanon

Flight deck crewmen prepare to use tie-down chains to secure an aircraft to the deck of the aircraft carrier USS INDEPENDENCE (CV 62), during operations off the coast of Beirut, Lebanon

An S-3 Viking flies over the aircraft carrier USS INDEPENDENCE (CV 62), during operations off the coast of Beirut, Lebanon

Flight deck crewmen aboard the aircraft carrier USS INDEPENDENCE (CV 62) transport bombs to be loaded onto an aircraft, during operations off the coast of Beirut, Lebanon

A right side view of an A-6 Intruder aircraft parked on the flight deck of the aircraft carrier USS INDEPENDENCE (CV-62) during operations off the coast of Beirut, Lebanon. The ship's superstructure is visible in the background

A CH-46 Sea Knight helicopter takes off from the flight deck of the aircraft carrier USS INDEPENDENCE (CV 62) during operations off the coast of Beirut, Lebanon