USS Hornet CV-12 Service in War and Peace

Author(s): Russell Moore

ISBN: 9781634994422
£17.50 £25.00
A must-have for aircraft carrier and naval history enthusiasts as well as anyone who loves the Apollo space program.
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  • Beautifully illustrated with over 200 photographs, giving extensive insight into the Essex-class carrier

  • Read the stories of some of the crew who served aboard her between 1943 and 1970

  • A detailed documentation of the history of the USS Hornet CV-12 from design and construction to her twenty-seven years of military service and finally her current role as a museum ship

  • Learn why the USS Hornet CV-12 is one of the most famous ships in the US Navy from her extensive service in the Second World War, Cold War, Vietnam War and as part of the Apollo space program

The USS Hornet CV-12 was launched in 1943 and served with distinction during the Second World War in the Pacific.

After various modifications, she was active during the Cold War and the Vietnam War. Following this, she joined the Apollo Program and recovered astronauts from the Apollo 11 and 12 moon missions.

After being decommissioned for the final time, she rested for decades in the mothball fleet and was destined for the scrapyard until saved and turned into a floating museum. Today, eighty years after construction began on her, USS Hornet CV-12 is still serving the country with distinction, this time as an educational venue and community asset.

USS Hornet CV-12: Service in War and Peace tells the story of this ship from design and construction to service in times of war and peace. The design was a pre-war standard and before any lessons from the Second World War could be incorporated, the ship and its crew were able to meet every challenge.

BOOK ISBN 9781634994422
FORMAT 248 x 172 mm
BINDING Paperback
PAGES 256 pages
PUBLICATION DATE 19 January 2023
ILLUSTRATIONS 104 black-and-white and 111 colour photographs



Russell Moore works at the USS Hornet Museum as a Community Outreach Manager. He has always had an interest in military history, especially the Pacific War, starting when he read Great American Fighter Pilots of WWII by Robert D. Loomis as a child. He has had several Second World War articles published in magazines and this is his first book. Moore lives in Dublin, California, with his wife Wahida.he changing perceptions to the wartime role played by RAF Bomber Command.