USS Hornet (CV-8)

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Aft view of USS Hornet (CV-8), circa in late 1941 (NH 81313).jpg
USS Hornet (CV-8) shortly after completion
History
United States
Name: Hornet
Namesake: USS Hornet (1805)
Ordered: 30 March 1939
Builder: Newport News Shipbuilding Company
Laid down: 25 September 1939
Launched: 14 December 1940
Sponsored by: Annie Reid Knox
Commissioned: 20 October 1941
Nickname(s): "Fighting Lady", "Happy Hornet", and "Horny Maru"[1]
Fate: Sunk in the Battle of the Santa Cruz Islands, 27 October 1942
Status: Found near Solomon Islands, late January 2019
General characteristics (as built)
Class and type: Yorktown-class aircraft carrier
Displacement:
  • 20,000 long tons (20,000 t) (standard)
  • 25,500 long tons (25,900 t) (full load)
Length: 824 ft 9 in (251.38 m) (overall)
Beam:
  • 83 ft 3 in (25.37 m) (waterline)
  • 114 ft (35 m) (overall)
Draft: 28 ft (8.5 m) full load
Installed power:
Propulsion: 4 shafts; 4 geared steam turbines
Speed: 32.5 knots (60.2 km/h; 37.4 mph) (design)
Range: 12,500 nmi (23,200 km; 14,400 mi) at 15 knots (28 km/h; 17 mph)
Complement: 2,919 officers and enlisted (wartime)
Armament:
Armor:
  • Belt: 2.5–4 in (64–102 mm)
  • Deck: 4 in (102 mm)
  • Bulkheads: 4 in (102 mm)
  • Conning Tower: 4 in (102 mm)
  • Steering Gear: 4 in (102 mm)
Aircraft carried: 72 × aircraft
Aviation facilities:

USS Hornet (CV-8) is the seventh U.S. Navy vessel of that name. It was a Yorktown-class aircraft carrier of the United States Navy.

References[change | change source]

  1. "ThirteenCats - Ship Nicknames". Retrieved 2019-02-16.

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Coordinates: 8°38′23″S 166°42′34″E / 8.63972°S 166.70944°E / -8.63972; 166.70944