The remains of the aircraft carrier ex-USS Independence now rest in the northern region of Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuary. Although the wreck site location was known, the NOAA Ship Okeanos Explorer conducted the first multibeam sonar survey of the Independence site on July 22, 2009.
First Maritime Archaeological Survey 2015
NOAA’s Office of National Marine Sanctuaries’ Maritime Heritage Program and West Coast Region, NOAA’s Office of Ocean Exploration and Research, The Boeing Company and Coda Octopus conducted the first maritime archaeological assessment of the ex-USS Independence site to help guide future NOAA resource management decisions. Boeing’s Autonomous Underwater Vehicle (AUV) Echo Ranger, integrated with Coda Octopus Echoscope three-dimensional sonar, imaged the Independence in March 2015. The systematic AUV survey revealed that the former aircraft carrier is sitting upright on its keel, with a slight list to starboard. Comparing the Coda Octopus acoustic images to photographs prior to being scuttled shows that Independence is remarkably intact. All major features of the ship are recognizable along with damage caused by Operation Crossroads.
Echo Ranger was deployed from Half Moon Bay, California and traveled autonomously to the site located 30 miles offshore with the NOAA research vessel Fulmar serving as an escort boat... (read the article)