Living Ship Days

Living Ship Days

Experience an aircraft carrier in action! Witness simulated flight operations; participate in mission briefings; meet former crew; sit in the cockpit of a fighter jet!

Usually scheduled for the third Saturday of each month.Hornet’s Living Ship Day Season usually runs from February-August and is subject to change. Please check back for updates to our schedule of Living Ship Day Events.

PLEASE NOTE: Our aircraft elevator is undergoing repairs and will not be in use until further notice.

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Scheduled Dates

Saturday, May 30, 2015 Birth of the Original Navy SEAL: The UDT

Sea, Air, Land Teams, commonly known as the Navy SEALs, are the U.S. Navy's principal Special Operations Command’s force-of-choice to conduct small-unit maritime military operations which originate from, and return to a river, ocean, swamp, delta or coastline.

The current SEALs trace their history from the elite frogmen of World War II. Exercising great ingenuity and courage, these special UDT maritime units devised and executed with relatively few casualties many of the missions, tactics, techniques and procedures that SEALs still perform today. Training is extremely demanding, both mentally and physically, and produces some of the world’s best maritime warriors.

Today’s special guest is former LCDR William Goehner, Jr. of Morgan Hill, who joined the Navy at age 16 in 1942 and volunteered for the elite Underwater Demolition Team (UDT), the original Navy SEAL and popularly known as “frogmen.” The 1951 Oscar-nominated film “The Frogmen” depicted the events surrounding a midnight “suicide” mission successfully led by Goehner (portrayed by Richard Widmark) in 1944. He led many such missions against the German Navy and became one of the most decorated and fastest promoted sailors in the Navy.

Goehner will take you through a harrowing and danger-packed mission to mine a German submarine base in the Baltic Sea to a heartwarming encounter with a young German soldier while on a reconnaissance mission on Normandy just before D-Day.

Saturday, June 21, 2015 – Salute to Dad

Treat Dad to a Father's Day Barbecue on an Aircraft Carrier!

Treat Dad to a special Father’s Day celebration onboard the USS Hornet Museum on Sunday, June 21. The event will coincide with the Museum’s Living Ship Day.

The day will feature a BBQ for $10 and a Big Band performance beginning at 11:00am. Children of all ages can enjoy a free magic show by local magician Scott Alcalay. The show, which begins at 1:00pm, is a fun-filled extravaganza where guests get to be part of the act and help with the magic.

Alcalay began performing magic at the age of 11. While in fourth grade, he entered a talent show sponsored by the local Optimists Club and won first place. It was the start of his magical career. In 1981 Scott took his talents to the world-famous Magic Castle in Hollywood, California. He soon became a regular performing member.

In addition to the magic show, visitors can take part in various activities that are all part of Living Ship Day. Visitors can sit in the cockpit of a fighter jet and meet Navy veterans.

Normal museum hours and admission prices apply. Free parking is available across from the pier.


If you enjoy our Living Ship Days, and the variety of informative speakers and exciting activities we offer, please consider making a donation directed specifically to the Education Department. Contact the Donations Department by phone at: (510) 521-8448 x238 or email: Donations@uss-hornet.org. Thank you for your support!

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