ARMED FORCES: New Carrier

ARMED FORCES Carrier New York State champagne frothed across the bow of the fourth of the U.S.'s 60,000-ton Forrestal-class supercarriers at the New York Naval Shipyard in Brooklyn last week, and the Navy christened her Independence. The Navy's provisional date for commissioning Independence: some time in January. She will be powered by turbines producing 250,000 h.p., is figured to reach a top speed of nearly 35 knots, will carry 100 planes and launch them at the rate of eight a minute, be manned by a crew of more than 4,000. Total cost of the carrier without aircraft: $200 million.

But even...