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[[Ship:|]] — N/A special premium Tier  N/A.

A successful light aircraft carrier based on the Cleveland-class cruiser. The ship was well-armored, had a high speed and carried numerous AA artillery. Small displacement limited the aircraft carrier's hangar capacity.

Independence was removed from the game with Update 0.8.0 - the CV Rework.


Compatible Upgrades

 Slot 1 
Air Groups Modification 1
Main Armaments Modification 1
Auxiliary Armaments Modification 1
Magazine Modification 1
Aiming Systems Modification 0
Spotting Aircraft Modification 1
Damage Control Party Modification 1
Sonar Modification 1
 Slot 2 
Damage Control System Modification 1
Engine Boost Modification 1
Defensive AA Fire Modification 1
Hydroacoustic Search Modification 1
Surveillance Radar Modification 1
Aircraft Engines Modification 1
Engine Room Protection
 Slot 3 
Main Battery Modification 2
Secondary Battery Modification 1
AA Guns Modification 1
Artillery Plotting Room Modification 1
Aiming Systems Modification 1
Smoke Generator Modification 1
Torpedo Bombers Modification 1
Attack Aircraft Modification 1
Torpedo Tubes Modification 1
Aerial Torpedoes Modification 1
Dive Capacity Modification 1
Sonar Modification 2
Skip Bomber Modification 1
 Slot 4 
Damage Control System Modification 2
Propulsion Modification 1
Steering Gears Modification 1
Attack Aircraft Modification 2
Torpedo Bombers Modification 2
Bombers Modification 2
Skip Bomber Modification 2
Airstrike Modification 1
Depth Charges Modification 1
Submarine Steering Gears Modification 2
Air Groups Modification 3
 Slot 5 
Flight Control Modification 1
Torpedo Lookout System
Concealment System Modification 1
Steering Gears Modification 2
Enhanced Engineering Systems
Reinforced Emergency Response
Upgraded Damage Control Equipment
Improved Main Battery Loading Mechanisms
Aerosol Smoke Curtain System
Master Fire Control Director
Torpedo Fire Control System
Improved Hull Concealment
Improved Main Artillery
Ship Consumables Modification 1
Squadron Consumables Modification 1
Heavier Torpedo Warheads
Additional Smoke Generators
Submarine Steering Gears Modification 3
 Slot 6 
Main Battery Modification 3
Torpedo Tubes Modification 2
Gun Fire Control System Modification 2
Flight Control Modification 2
Air Groups Modification 2
Artillery Plotting Room Modification 2
Main Battery Fire Control Station
Improved Ammunition Hoists
Main Battery Director System
Improved Bridge
Enhanced Propulsion Plant
Enhanced Countermeasures
Extended Main Battery Effective Range
Torpedo Quick Reload System
Main Gun Automatic Loader
Modified External Hardpoints
Fuel Injection System
Auxiliary Armaments Modification 2
Improved Camouflage Patterns
Automated Main Battery Loading Mechanism
Forced Takeoff and Landing Equipment
Dive Capacity Modification 2

Player Opinion


Independence is the first U.S. carrier in the game that is not based on a transport hull; rather, she is built on a Cleveland hull. As a light carrier she serves as a stepping-stone between the previous escort carriers and the full fleet carriers of the later tiers.

The most important new feature introduced at this tier is the ability to strafe and manually drop ordinance using the Alt key. Skilled use of these features will greatly enhance the effectiveness of all planes.

  • Stock (1-1-1): The Independence has one Fighter and one Dive Bomber upgrade available.
The Cleveland hull is much better than her predecessors. Most importantly, she has a larger hangar at 37 planes when upgraded; this is still small, however, and captains must still husband their planes carefully especially when faced with higher-tier AA. She also inherits a speed of 31.5 knots (a breath of fresh air after the incredibly slow speeds of Bogue and Langley), strong AA, and at least a modicum of armor. Independence loses her two 127 mm secondaries with Hull (B), leaving her with no anti-ship weapons of any kind or long-range AA, in exchange for better mid-range AA. However, this is more than a fair trade for the larger hangar size. One other oddity is that her air detection range is longer than her surface detection range.


  • Carries many good characteristics from Cleveland: speed (almost twice as fast as Bogue!) AA power, armor, and turning circle radius.
  • Very good fighters for her tier---better than Ryujo in every way (speed, damage, ammunition load, and durability)---and they come in larger squadrons to boot!


  • Hangar size is improved but still very limited at 37, 11 less than her counterpart.
  • Only three squadrons limits map presence.
  • No secondary armament on Hull (B), making her planes her only defense.
  • Somewhat slow rudder shift.


Players should research Hull (B) since the extra planes and AA is needed if you want to lose fighters. Most carrier players will take the bait of your planes and fly right into your AA, getting easy plane kills.

Optimal Configuration


The recommended upgrades for ' are as follows:

Commander Skills


' equips:


Type 1, 2, or 5 camouflage can be equipped for credits; Types 1 or 5 are recommended at a minimum to reduce detectability range.

Players who wish to spend doubloons can equip Independence with Type 16 camouflage that lowers her detection radius, reduces the accuracy of incoming shells, and increases the amount of experience she earns.


As a carrier, Independence can only mount at most four signals at a time and has no risk of detonating. Players should mount Equal Speed Charlie London (for faster XP grinding / increased XP gain per battle), Zulu Hotel (when coupled with Equal Speed Charlie London greatly helps increase commander (re)training), November Echo Setteseven (for better bomber self-defense against fighters and increased AA DPS), and Juliet Whiskey Unaone (to have a better chance at causing flooding and dealing damage via flooding). Players can also choose to equip the Dragon Flag for faster commander (re)training.


Historical Info

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