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            U.S.S. HORNET (CVA-12)

     RECOMMISSIONING CEREMONY

            Friday, 11 September
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Mrs. Annie Reid Knox
  Sponsor for the Seventh and Eighth HORNET

Mrs. Rawleigh Warner
  Matron of Honor for the Seventh and Eighth HORNET

Fleet Admiral William F. Halsey, United States Navy

Admiral Robert B. Carney, United States Navy
  Chief of Naval Operations

Admiral Lynde D. McCormick, United States Navy
  Commander in Chief, Atlantic and U.S. Atlantic Fleet

Vice Admiral John J. Ballentine, United States Navy
  Commander, Air Force, United States Atlantic Fleet

Vice Admiral Laurance T. DuBose, United States Navy
  Commander Eastern Sea Frontier

Rear Admiral Roy T. Cowdrey, United States Navy
  Commander, New York Naval Shipyard

Rear Admiral Austin K. Doyle, United States Navy
  Commander, Caribbean sea Frontier
  Commandant, Tenth Naval District
  (Commanding Officer, U.S.S. HORNET,  1944-1945)

Rear Admiral Roscoe H. Hillenkoetter, United States Navy
  Commandant, Third Naval District

Rear Admiral Edward B. Harp, CHC, United States Navy
  Chief of Chaplains


Honorable John Cashmore
  President, Borough of Brooklyn,

Captain Milton A. Nation, United States Navy
  Commanding Officer, U.S.S. HORNET (CVA-12)

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      RECOMMISSIONING CEREMONY
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Invocation by Chaplain Harp, Chief of Chaplains

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Commandant, Third Naval District orders the
U.S. S.  HORNET placed in commission

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National Anthem and hoisting of th Colors

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The Captain reads his orders

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Rendering of Honors

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Setting the First Watch

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Address by Admiral Robert B. Carney USN

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Address by the Commanding officer. U.S.S HORNET

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Benediction by Ship's Chaplain

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Conclusion of ceremony and dismissal of crew

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Reception on board

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           DEPARTMENT HEADS
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Commander W. F. Bringle, United States  Navy
  Executive Officer

Commander D. M. Szabo, United States Navy
  Operations Officer

Commander R. W.  Phillips, United States Navy
  Air Officer

Commander W. H. Withrow, United States Navy
  Navigator

Commander C. F. Palmer, SC, United States Navy
  Supply Officer

Commander W. S.  Lummis, MC, United States Navy
  Medical Officer

Commander L. J. Rhen, DC, United States Navy
  Dental Officer

Commander J. Mercer, United States, Navy
  Engineering Officer

Commander J. J. McGowan, CHC, United States Navy
  Senior Chaplain

Lieut. Commander B. E. Edwards, United States Navy
  Gunnery Officer

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                 MISSION

     As an attack aircraft carrier of the United States
Navy the U.S.S.  HORNET provides mobile base facilities
for the effective employment of the military potential of 
embarked aircraft squadrons and detachments.

               SHIP'S DATA

Crew -------------------- 2700 (Air Group included)

Officers ---------------- 210 (Air Group included)

Length (extreme) -------- 898 ft.

Breadth (extreme) ------- 151 ft.

Draft (full load) ------- 29 ft.

Displacement ------------ 32,000 tons

Height ------------------ 190 ft.

Flight Deck Length ------ 190 ft.

Speed ------------------- over 30 knots

Horsepower -------------- 150,000

Armament ---------------- 8 single 5 in. .38
                          28 rapid fire 3 in. .50

Aircraft ---------------- About 80

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             HISTORICAL SKETCH


     The USS HORNET, eighth ship of her name in the United
States Navy, has been bequeathed a glorious heritage and
worthy traditions by her illustrious predecessors.

     The first HORNET was a ten-gun sloop engaged in the
hazardous duty of guarding the Delaware Capes in 1777.

     The second HORNET, also a ten gun sloop served with
Commodore Rodgers' Squadron during the Tripolitan War in
the Mediterranean.

     The third HORNET was a brig-rigged sloop of war. She
fought in the War of 1812 under command of James Lawrence,
who gave the Navy the famous motto Don't give up the
ship'.  The HORNET successfully blockaded Bahia Harbor,
captured the 'Resolution', sank the 'Peacock', overwhelmed
the 'Penguin', and escaped capture by the Cornwallis'.

     The fourth HORNET was a five gun schooner used as a
dispatch vessel between 1813 and 1820.

     The fifth HORNET, and the first steam-propelled
namesake, was an iron, side-wheeled steamer.  She saw action
during the Civil War, and later was ordered to duty in
Cuban waters.

     The sixth vessel, a converted yacht, was a dispatch
vessel in the Spanish-American War. Her record of opera-
tions on the coast of Cuba upheld and added to the highest
tradition of the service.

     The seventh HORNET, first aircraft carrier to bear
the name, was the famous 'Shangri-La' from which General
Doolittle's planes were launched to make their raid on
Tokyo.  Commissioned on 20 October, 1941, the HORNET'S
life of one year and five days proved a glorious one.
She participated in the Battle of Midway (3 June, 1942-
6 June 1942) during which her Torpedo Squadron Eight
gallantly lost every plane in a daring attack, without

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protection, on the enemy. Only one man survived. Later
the HORNET supported the occupation of Guadalcanal. She
was lost as a result of enemy action during the Battle of
the Santa Cruz Islands on 26 October, 1942

      The eighth, and present HORNET was launched on 30
August, 1943, ten months after the seventh HORNET had been
sunk. Originally to have been named the KEARSARGE, CV-12
was commissioned the HORNET on 29 November, 1943 to keep
the name of the famous 'Fighting Lady' in the fleet. Ar-
riving at Pearl Harbor 4 March she became part
of Task Force 58. Earning the Presidential Unit citation,
she also received seven battle stars on the Asiatic-Paci-
fic Service Medal from March, 1944 to January, l945. The
HORNET participated in raids Paau, Yap Truk, the Cap-
ture and occupation of Saipan, and the battle of the Phil-
lppine Sea. After several more campaigns, including th
Leyete Operation, the Battle of Surigao Strait, Northern
Luzon and Formosa attacks, she served as a troop transport.
from l945 until June of l946, at which time she was de-
commissioned

Today, the eighth HORNET, now known as CVA-12, will
be recommissioned, to once again take her place in the
fleet of the United States Navy.

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Deck Outline

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           GENERAL INFORMATION

Messing - The crew will be messed in four group assemblies
from four food stations as follows:

GROUP ASSEMBLY #1: Fwd. Galley Stb. Side:  Operations,
Navigation, Medical, Dental, Supply, and Administrative
Departments.

GROUP ASSEMBLY #2: Fwd. Galley Port Side:  Gunnery De-
partment.

GROUP ASSEMBLY #3: Aft Galley Stb.  Side: Air Department.

GROUP ASSEMBLY #4: Aft Galley Port Side: Engineering De-
partment.

Mess line will form as directed by the MAA force.
First Class P.0.s will fall in at Mess Hall B-3O1L, desig-
nated first class P.0. mess.

Watchstanders will eat early at Group Assembly #3.

LAUNDRY - There will be once a week service for all hands.
Mess cooks will have tri-weekly service. There is no
charge.

BARBER SHOP (Crew) - The Crew's Barber Shop is located
just aft of the Post Office on the 2nd. deck. Eight Chairs
are available for daily service.

TAILOR SHOP - The Tailor Shop is located adjacent to the
Cobbler Shop on the 4th deck. Services such as minor al-
terations and pressing will be made. No charge is made
for these services and no tipping is allowed.

COBBLER SHOP - The Cobbler Shop is located below the for-
ward Mess Hall on the 4th deck. Labor is free but leather
and rubber heels must purchased ships store.

SODA FOUNTAIN - The ship has two soda fountains. Located 
on the 3rd deck by Frames 79 and l42. Soft drinks and ice

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cream will be sold throughout the week from 1300 to 1600,
and from 1800 to 1900.

SHIP'S STORES- The Ship's Stores (142) offers toilet art-
icles, tobacco, candy, foreign merchandise (when resale
permitted), jewelry, and luxury items. Merchandise is
sold at a minimum of profit. The privilege of purchasing
at almost cost price is one which you will want to pro-
tect therefore purchases must be limited to items re-
quired for your own needs and bonafide gifts. Profits
derived from all store sales go to the ship's Recreation
Fund and are used for your welfare and recreation on the
recommendation of the Enlisted Recreation Council and with
the approval of the Commanding Officer.

TELEPHONE AND TELEGRAPH - Telephone calls may be made at
sea when the ship-to-shore radio telephone service is es-
tablished. In port, local facilities must be used.

   Telegrams may be sent from the ship's communications
Office when underway or in foreign ports. Telegrams will
be received at the ship's Communications Office at sea and 

MAIL - The Post Office is located on the 2nd deck amid
ships, on the port side. Stamps and money orders may be
purchased there during the week. Letter drops will be
located throughout the ship for general mailing purposes

SMOKING - Smoking restrictions are necessary   because of
the large quantities of inflammable material carried
aboard. It is never permitted on the Flight Deck, Hanger
Deck, or in ammunition storage spaces, and may be prohib-
ited elsewhere at certain hours by special announcements
made over the ship's loud speaker system.

ATHLETICS - To play hard is as important for the crew of
a fighting ship as to 'work hard'. Facilities for varied
athletics will be provided by the Athletic Gear Locker.
We hope to provide wrestling, judo, boxing. baseball, soft-
ball, golf, touchball, basketball, and other body and mor-
ale building pastimes

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LOCATING SHIP'S FACILITIES - Finding your way around the
ship will be much easier if you will remember the system
used to identify the various spaces. The ship as a whole
is divided into three sections: Forward, Amidships, and
Aft, and these are designated A, B, and C, respectively.
Frame 79 is the dividing line between the A, and B, sec-
tions; Frame l53 between the B and C sections. The decks.
of the ship are numbered from the Hangar Deck downward:
1,2,3, etc. Compartments are numbered in sequence, start-
ing at the bow of the ship, with the even numbers always
on the port side. A further designation is made according
to the use made of the compartment, as L for living, E for
engineering, etc. lf a compartment is subdivided a number
will appear with this letter, as 3L, 2E, etc. To illus-
trate, a compartment might be designated as 'B-3l6-L' in
which case the B indicates that the compartment in the
Amidships section, 3 indicates that it is on the Third
Deck, the 16 indicates that it is on the Port Side and is
the sixteenth compartment aft of Bulkhead #79 on that deck
and the L indicates it is used as a living space.

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           SHIP'S FACILITIES

   PLACE          LOCATION             HOURS OPEN

Wardroom        Second Deck         Breakfast 0630-0800
                Comp. A-210-L       Sundays & Holidays
                                    0730-O900
                                    Luncheon 1130 on-
                                    coming watch officers
                                    1200 all other officers
                                    Dinner 1730 Ens. JG's
                                    and on-comming  watch;
                                    1830 Lt's and above.

Barber Shop     Second Deck         Monday thru Friday
                Frame 121 Amid-     0800-1130
                ships               1300-1600
                                    Saturday 0800-1130

Ship's Store     Forward Mess       Monday thru Friday
No. 1.           Hall               0900-1100
                 Frame 67           1300-1530

Ship's Store    After Mess          Monday thru Friday
No.2            Hall                0900-1100
                Frame 143           1300-1530

Soda Fountain   Third Deck          Monday thru Sunday
                No. 1-Frame 79      1300-1600
                No. 2-Frame 142     1800-1900

Post Office     Second Deck         Monday thru Friday
                Port Side           0815-1130
                Amidships           1300-1500
                                    Saturday 0815-1530
                                    at sea only

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Athletic Gear   Fourth Deck         Monday thru Friday
Locker          Amidships near      1600-1830
                Cobbler Shop        Saturday & Sunday
                                    1300-1800

Library         Second Deck         Monday, Tuesday &
                Starboard Side      Wednesday 1300-2000
                across from         Friday 1630-2000
                After Elev.         Saturday & Sunday
                                    1300-1800

Cobbler Shop    Fourth Deck below   Monday thru Friday
                Forward Mess Hall   0800-1130
                                    1300-1600
                                    Saturday 08OO-1300

Sick Bay        Third Deck          Monday thru Sunday
                Frame 168 Stbd.     0830 throughout day

Tailor Shop     Fourth Deck below   Monday thru Friday
                Forward Mess Hall   0800-1130
                                    1300-1600
                                    Saturday 0800-1130

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                  *********************
             THE HORNET CLUB
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    The Hornet Club consists of approximately 1506 people,
all former members of the crew of the U.S.S. HORNET.  So
proud are these people of their own 'Fighting Lady' and so
devoted are they to one another that they perpetuate the
life of the Hornet by their own organization in civilian
life.  These devoted shipmates, who wrote thus far the
history Of the hornet with their own sweat and blood and
devotion, meet annually and elect officers and thus enable
the life of the Hornet to continue.

    Today we are honored by the presence of many members
of the Hornet Club.  We look forward to assuming the re-
sponsibility that is ours in maintaining the enviable
record that they have so preemiently established


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	   HORNET SCOREBOARD


Seven battle stars

Presidential Unit Citation

	688 Planes shot down

	742 Planes destroyed on the ground

	One Cruiser sunk

	One Carrier sunk

	Ten Destroyers sunk

	42 Cargo Ships sunk

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            U.S.S. HORNET
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BUILT BY - Newport News Shipbuilding and Drydock Co.


KEEL LAID ------------------------ 19 October 1942


LAUNCHED ------------------------- 30 August 1943


COMMISSIONED --------------------- 29 November 1943


DECOMMISSIONED ------------------- June 1946


MODERNIZATION COMMENCED ---------- July 1951


RECOMMISSIONED ------------------- 11 September 1953


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	        Modernization by
	     New York Naval Shipyard
    	       Brooklyn, New York

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