In 1998, the Aircraft Carrier Hornet Foundation (ACHF),
a private non-profit organization, acquired rhe world-famous and highly-decorated.
USS Hornet (CVS- 12) from rhe US Navy and converted her into a museum.
She has been moored ar Pier 3 at the former Alameda Naval Air Station on San Francisco Bay since October of rhat year.
is 41,000-ton Essex-class carrier made significant contributions to the United States throughout her history.
During World War II, she earned nine barde stars and a Presidential Unit Citation for sustained combat operations.
She spent fifteen continuous months in the thick of the island invasion campaign and was attacked fifty-nine times bur never seriously damaged.
Her air groups destroyed 1,410 enemy aircraft and sank over 1.2 million tons of enemy shipping.
Her only significant damage was sustained near the end of rhe war when a typhoon ripped up the fo1ward 24 feet of her Aighr deck.
Hornet was convened to an anti-submarine warfare (ASW) ship in 1958 and did three tours of duty on Yankee Station during me Viemam conAict.
Hornet ga ined world fame in 1969 when, on July 24rh, she recovered Apollo 11, me first mission to land humans on the surface of me moon.
the Navy awarded a salvage contract to scrap her. She was towed to the San Francisco Bay Area for scrapping in 1995.
Before salvage work could begin, the Commanding Officer of Naval Air Srarion (NAS) Alameda, California,
Captain James Dodge, requested her presence as rhe centerpi ece for the celebration of the 50th anniversary of rhe end of\Vorld War II.
Soon the ACH F was formed, $2.4 million raised, and the Navy was petitioned to overturn the scrapping order and release her to become a public museum.
By October 1998, the Hornet Museum opened with its principal source of income coming from gate admissions and store sales.
With fantastic support from a wide array of volunteers, significant ship restoration work was accomplished and other programs were put in place.
Many corporations chose to have private evems aboard Hornet and remed her fo r an even ing.
Hornet began community outreach programs: one was a youth overnight live-aboard experience, initially created for.
Boy and Girl Scours and now expanded to school and other yo uth groups; the oth er was quarterly.
Big Band dances to add a unique air of nostalgia to the swing craze.
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