|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 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.
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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