From CV-12 to CVA-12

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. … Continue reading

Apollo-12 Recovery Photos

Here is the second part of our Apollo recovery photo galleries. This time, we are presenting 23 photos from the recovery of Apollo-12 in the Pacific Ocean on November 24th, 1969. A SH-3D Sea King from HS-4 was the main recovery helicopter with frogmen of UDT-13 on-board. As you can see, it was pretty much the same procedure that Apollo-11 astronauts went through a couple months before; with the frogmen helping the astronauts out of … Continue reading

Photo Gallery navigation updated!

As we reach our 19th photo album and 1056th photo on, it became quite clear that we would need to modify our “Photo Gallery” section for better navigation. As a result, we are going to start cataloging our photo galleries under ship or period categories in this menu, that you can again access by selecting “Photo Gallery” on the main page: and you will be able to find individual chronologically-ordered photo albums under … Continue reading

Apollo-11 Recovery Photos

USS Hornet CVS-12 was the prime recovery ship for the first 2 lunar missions, Apollo-11 and Apollo-12. In the next 2 updates, we will bring you photos from both recovery missions for USS Hornet. On July 24th, 1969, after Apollo-11’s command module landed in the Pacific Ocean, an SH-3D Sea King (number 66) of HS-4 and UDT 11 swimmers recovered the astronauts and the command module and brought them back to USS Hornet CVS-12, where … Continue reading

Third and final part of our USS Hornet CV-8 photo galleries

With the 40 new photos we are adding today, we are concluding our 3-part series on the wartime service of USS Hornet  CV-8. These photos cover the time period between April 30th 1942, right after CV-8 returned to Pearl Harbor from the Doolittle Raid (part 2 our CV-8 photo gallery here), and October 26th 1942, when she was sunk during the Battle of the Santa Cruz Islands. This gallery has again been kindly provided by … Continue reading

USS Hornet CV-8 Doolittle Raid photos

We are now bringing you 28 photos from USS Hornet CV-8’s Doolittle Raid. This gallery is again coming from William L. Ballenger’s collection, and contain images of US Navy Blimp L-8’s supply run, B-25s and their crew preparing for the raid on the Hornet’s deck, as well as the launch of the raid from other ships in the Task Force. These are all official US Navy photos and we hope some of them might be … Continue reading

New photo galleries for USS Hornet CV-8 (part 1)

This week we are bringing you the first of our 3-part CV-8 photo gallery. In this collection, there are 28 photos covering CV-8’s construction, commissioning and her first deployment to Pacific. The first collection includes photos from March 3rd, 1941 to February 28th, 1942. The first aircraft carrier in the US Navy to be named Hornet, CV-8 was laid down on September 25th, 1939, launched on December 14th, 1940. She was commissioned at Norfolk on … Continue reading

King Neptunus Rex with Royal Family and Royal Kops take domain of Hornet! 1954 CVA-12 Crossing the Line ceremonies

We are now bringing you 44 new images from 2 very special days in 1954, when USS Hornet CVA-12 was crossing the equator on June 24th and 25th, 1954. The Crossing the Line ceremony is an initiation rite celebrated for hundreds of years in the US Navy, along with many other navies in the world, where sailors making the crossing for the first time, so called “pollywogs”, are transitioned to “shellbacks” after the 2 day … Continue reading

Frequently Asked Questions Section added!

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