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U.S.S. Hornet

Definition: The aircraft carrier Hornet (CV-12) is the eighth ship of the United States Navy to bear the name. Six earlier Hornets date from 1775, but CV-12's greatest legacy comes from the seventh Hornet (CV-8).
The aircraft carrier Hornet (CV-12) is the eighth ship of the United States Navy to bear the name. Six earlier Hornets date from 1775, but CV-12's greatest legacy comes from the seventh Hornet (CV-8).
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The USS Hornet CV-12 is one of the 24 legendary Essex-class aircraft carriers built during and after World War II. Built at Newport News, Virginia, and the eighth ship to be named "Hornet," she is one of the most decorated ships of the US Navy.

This ship recovered the first men to walk on the Moon, both the Apollo 11 and 12 lunar mission astronauts and capsules.

In 2017, 76 People from 26 countries Took the Oath to Become U.S. Citizens Aboard USS Hornet

For 16 continuous months Hornet was in action in the forward areas of the Pacific combat zone, sometimes within 40 miles of the Japanese home islands.

  • Under air attack 59 times, she was never seriously damaged.
  • Her aircraft destroyed 1,410 Japanese aircraft, only Essex exceeded this record.
  • Her air groups destroyed or damaged 1,269,710 tons of enemy shipping.
  • 72 enemy aircraft shot down in one day during the famous "Great Marianas Turkey Shoot."
  • 10 Hornet pilots attained "Ace in a Day" status.
  • 255 aircraft shot down in a month.
  • 30 of 42 VF-2 Hellcat pilots were aces.
  • Supported nearly every Pacific amphibious landing after March 1944.
  • Scored the critical first hits in sinking the super battleship YAMATO.
  • Launched the first carrier aircraft strikes in support of the liberation of the Philippine Islands.
  • In 1945 launched the first strikes against Tokyo since the 1942 Doolittle Raid.

LENGTH, overall: 1943: 876 feet 1956: 893 feet

BEAM, extreme width: 1943: 147 feet 1956: 192 feet

DRAFT (under load): 29 feet

DISPLACEMENT, Standard: 1943: 27,100 tons 1953: 33,100 tons

DISPLACEMENT, Full Load: 1943: 33,900 tons 1956: 40,300 tons

HEIGHT ABOVE WATERLINE (top of mast): 190 feet

KEEL TO TOP OF MAST: 229 feet KEEL LAID: 3 August 1942

LAUNCHED: 30 August 1943

COMMISSIONED: CV-12: 29 November 1943 CVA-12: 11 September 1953 CVS-12: 18 December 1958 CREW COMPLEMENT:

WWII: 3,600 - 4,000 including Air Wing Post-WWII: 3,000 - 3,500 including Air Wing

NUMBER OF AIRCRAFT: WWII: 92 - 101 1953 - 1958: 86 1958 - 1970: 44

DECOMMISSIONED (Final): 26 June 1970 https://www.uss-hornet.org/visit-hornet/history/#1490311687872-d6123499-b988

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