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While on the line, INTREPID ' s Air Wing TEN pilots destroyed some of the most sign- ificant targets yet hit in North Vietnam. The pilots ' efforts were concentrated against military and supply targets all the way from the Demilitarrzed Zone (DMZ) to near the border of Red China. Our pilots bombed bridges, military warehouses, industrial complexes, railroad lines, high- ways and military installations. Among the key targets hit by our pilots were the Ben Thuy and Hon Gai thermal power plants, the Ben Ven Nham army barracks and SAM storage area, the Port Wallut naval base near Red China and Haiphong ' s vital Kien An MIG base. The pilots quickly earned a nickname: " Bridge Busters. " They knocked out four or five major bridges fanning out from Haiphong and a bypass bridge built to substitute for a major bridge that had previously been destroyed.
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' The Fighting " I " entered the Norfolk Naval Shipyard, Ports- mouth, Nov. 30 for an overhaul. After three months in the yards, she took a few short four-day exercises in preparations for the upcoming operational readiness inspection. INTREPID left Norfolk April 6 for the ORI, held off the coast of Florida. The operational read- in ess inspection period ended April 26 when INTREPID returned to Norfolk ' s Pier 12. Just prior to her departure for the ORI the ship was awarded the Battle Efficiency " E " for fiscal year 1966. This " E " was INTREPID ' s third in three years. The Fighting " I " left Norfolk May 11 for its second deployment to Vietnam. Enroute to the South- east Asian hotspot, INTREPID passed the Rock of Gibraltar and steamed across the Mediterranean Sea on her way to Subic Bay. INTREPID was delayed for several days in the eastern Med while the Israeli-Arab situation heightened. She finally passed through the Suez Canal June 1 — the last American warship to transit the canal before the outbreak of the war. Egyptian warships and aircraft " escorted " INTREPID through the Suez Canal and Red Sea. The Fighting " I " arrived on Yankee Station off the coast of North Vietnam June 21 and began a highly successful combat tour. In a ceremony on the flight deck June 26, Captain William J. McVey relieved Captain John W. Fair as Commanding Officer.
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Air Wing TEN ' s four attack squadrons delivered more than 10,000,000 pounds of ordnance against North Vietnam during the ship ' s 104 days on Yankee Station, The Air Wing flew over 9,000 missions and logged 17,400 hours of flying time. Hundreds of enemy supply boats and dozens of railroad cars were destroyed or damaged. h i I l i - j. I
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