Experience an aircraft carrier in action! Witness simulated flight operations as aircraft are lifted to the flight deck and placed into launch position; participate in mission briefings; meet former crew; sit in the cockpit of a fighter jet!
Usually scheduled for the third Saturday of each month. Due to unpredictable weather, Hornet’s Living Ship Day Season usually runs from March-September and is subject to change. Please check back for updates to our schedule of Living Ship Day Events.
- Saturday, May 18, 2013
- Sunday, June 16, 2013 (Father’s Day)
- Saturday, July 20, 2013
- Saturday, August 17, 2013
- Saturday, September 21, 2013
Saturday, May 18, 2013 – The Gator Navy!
Sharing the History and Adventures of the Amphibious Naval Fleet during WWII
The USS Hornet Museum takes a look back at the role of the Amphibious Navy during World War II and the vital part it played in naval operations. Known by the nickname “The Gator Navy,” amphibious assault ships are used to transport troops and equipment.
Special guest speaker Bob Shaner (LCDR, USN Ret.) will share both his memories and the history of the Amphibious Navy beginning at 1 p.m. in Hangar Bay 3. Shaner served aboard the USS LST 475 for 16 months in the South Pacific. During World War II, he was part of the January 1945 invasion of Lingayen Gulf, Island of Luzon; D-Day H-Hour plus 2; the July 1945 invasion of Balikpapan, Borneo; and the Japan Landing in September 1945.
The public and media are welcome and will have the opportunity to meet and speak with Shaner throughout the day.
Other special activities this day include a big band musical performance by The Hornet Band from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. and re-enactments from “ClockVine Living History.”