Previous ships called Independence
Independence is a name which has been bestowed upon a number of ships, ranging from a cruise liner and a frieghter to two aircraft carriers. It has twice been the name given to the lead ship of its class and is a name which recurs throughout the history of Earth's US Navy. The name's meaning of freedom and liberty has ensured that the name has passed to Starfleet vessels that have followed over half a millenium after the first naval vessel.
The first Independence was a brigantine in service with the Massachusetts State Navy. Built in Kingston, MA in 1776, she was named on 20th April of that year. The Independence cruised along the coast of New England from July 1776 until her capture by the British Royal Navy vessels HMS Hope and HMS Nancy off the coast of Nova Scotia just four months later.
The second Independence was a 10 gun sloop which served in the American War of Independence. Built in Baltimore, MD, she entered service in late 1776 and attempted to protect American merchant trade in the Carribean from the Royal Navy. In mid 1777, she sailed across the Atlantic to L'Orient, France. En route, she captured two vessels. She was present in Quiberon Bay in February 1778, when the Ranger received the first official recognition of the United States of America by a foreign power. The Independence itself exchanged salutes with the French Navy the following day. Shortly after, she sailed back for North America, but was wrecked on a sandbar on 24th April 1778 attempting to enter Okracoke Inlet, NC.ship of the line commissioned by the US Navy. Launched on 22nd June 1814, during the War of 1812, she immediately saw action alongside the frigate USS Constitution defending the approaches to Boston Harbor. Upon the conclusion of the conflict, Independence sailed to the Mediterranean as part of a task force of 10 ships in the Second Barbary War. The flagship of Commodore Bainbridge, conflict had ceased before Independence reached the region. Modifications in 1836 reduced the ship size as Independence became a Frigate. She was one of the largest and fastest frigates in the US Navy, setting a record for fastest trans-Atlantic crossing in May/June 1837. In following decades, she twice served as flagship of the Pacific Squadron, including during the Mexican-American War. Indy was present for both the capture of Guaymas in October 1947 and the occupation of Mazatlán a month later. By the end of the 1850's, she was serving as a receiving ship at Mare Island Navy Yard; a role she continued in until she was finally decommissioned in 1912. Independence was sold in 1914 and scrapped the following year. Over the course of the 98 years that she was in commission, she served as flagship for no fewer than 7 Commodores.
USS Independence - SP-3676United States Shipping Board, she was used as a Navy ship carrying food for the months following the end of the War, before being decommissioned and returned to the USSB in March 1919. She then served as part of the US Merchant Navy. She was rebuilt and renamed in 1930, becoming first the City of Norfolk and then in 1941, after another rebuild, the Neville. In this guise, she served as an attack transport in World War II. She was decommissioned after the Second World War, and scrapped in 1957.
USS Independence - CVL-22
- "The difficult we do immediately; ....the impossible takes a little longer"
USS Independence - CV-62
- "Freedom's Flagship"
USS Independence - LCS-2
- NOTE: In RL, this ship is not yet commissioned.
The second Littoral Combat Ship in Earth's US Navy, this Independence was one of two prototypes of a newly conceived type of vessel. This Independence had a Trimaran hull to provide stability in rough seas and was equipped for service in proximity to the coast. She was built in Mobile, Alabama.
USS Independence - NCC-01776
- "A little revolution is good every now and then."