In this new photo gallery, we are bringing you 35 photos of USS Hornet, starting with her time in the shipyard going through the modernization program, to her re-commissioning ceremony and later shakedown cruises in late 1953 and early 1954, all before her first World Cruise as CVA-12 in 1954.
After World War II, USS Hornet CV-12 was decommissioned on January 15th, 1947 in San Francisco and mothballed as part of the Pacific Reserve Fleet.
With the Cold War tensions heating up in the 50s and an active war in Korea, the US Navy decided to reactivate and modernize most of the Essex class carriers that were still in the Reserve Fleets. USS Hornet was chosen to undergo her first extensive modernization and upgrade program, that would prepare her for the new and much heavier and faster jet fighters the US Navy had started to use in the 50s.
The Ship Characteristics Board Project 27 sub-type A, or SCB-27A, was the name for this modernization project. SCB-27A, along with numerous other updates and changes all around the hull, would mainly be focused on new catapults, reinforced flight decks, stronger and larger elevators, and new arresting gear. USS Hornet’s modernization was undertaken by New York Naval Shipyard in Brooklyn, New York, starting in May, 1951. After more than 2 years, USS Hornet was recommissioned and reclassified as an attack aircraft carrier, CVA-12, on Friday, September 11th, 1953.
These photos are again kindly provided by William L. Ballenger.
You can find the gallery by clicking this link:
or by following the Photo Gallery link on the main page and then selecting CVA-12 photo collections.
You can read more about the SCB-27 programs for the Essex class carriers here: