USS Hornet CVS-12



Spacecraft Recovery
    24 July 1969: Apollo 11
    24 November 1969: Apollo 12

General Characteristics:
    Awarded: September 9, 1940
    Keel laid: 3 August 1942
    Launched: 30 August 1943
    Commissioned: 29 November 1943
    Decommissioned: 26 June 1970
    Builder: Newport News Shipbuilding, Newport News, Va.
    Propulsion system: 8 boilers
    Propellers: four
    Aircraft elevators: three
    Arresting gear cables: five
    Catapults: two
    Length: 899 feet (274 meters)
    Flight Deck Width: 192 feet (58.5 meters)
    Beam: 101 feet (30.8 meters)
    Draft: 31 feet (9.4 meters)
    Displacement: approx. 41,000 tons full load
    Speed: 33 knots
    Planes: 80-100 planes
    Crew: approx. 3448
       1943: 12 5-inch (12.7 cm) 38 caliber guns, 32 40mm guns and 46 20mm guns

The USS Hornet (ex CV-12 and CVA-12) was originally to be named Kearsarge, but the name was changed to honor the USS Hornet (CV-8) which was lost 27 October 1942 after the Battle of the Santa Cruz islands.

More information on the USS Hornet (CVS-12) from the United States Navy.

Stricken from the Navy List 1989. Donated to The Aircraft Carrier Hornet Foundation for use as a museum on 26 May 1998. She can be seen at the Aircraft Carrier USS Hornet Museum in Alameda, CA.