|The pictures below were taken during our recent Memorial Day visit to the USS HORNET (CVS-12) and the USS POTOMAC. The history USS HORNET, one of the 24 legendary Essex-class aircraft carriers, was constructed at Newport News, Virginia during 1942-43. A quarter of her consctruction crew were women. She is the eighth ship in the US Navy to bear the name 'HORNET'. The USS HORNET (CVS-12) is among the most decorated ships of WWII. THe honors she has recieved include: the Presidential Unit Citation and nine Battle Stars.