USS Amsterdam (CL-59)
The USS Amsterdam (CL-59) was laid down as a Cleveland class light cruiser on 1 May 1941 at the Camden shipyards of the New York Shipbuilding Corps. In the emergency caused by the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor it was decided to turn a number of the unfinished Cleveland hulls into light aircraft carriers. On 12 February 1942 the Amsterdam was renamed as the Independence (CVL-22), becoming the name ship of the Independence class of carriers. She was launched as a carrier on 22 August 1942 and commissioned on 1 January 1943. The name Amsterdam was then reused on the Cleveland class cruiser CL-101.
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Rickard, J (15 July 2009), USS Amsterdam (CL-59) , http://www.historyofwar.org/articles/weapons_USS_Amsterdam_CL59.html