The U.S. light aircraft carrier USS Independence (CVL-22) afire aft, soon after the “Able Day” atomic bomb air burst test at Bikini on 1 July 1946 (Operation Crossroads). The bomb had exploded off the ship’s port quarter, causing massive blast damage in that area, and progressively less further forward. The carrier did not sink during the tests and was finally sunk as a target off San Francisco, California (USA), on 27 January 1951.

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