20 Mar 1951 - HORNET recommissioned at Hunters Point, San Francisco, Ca. after four and 2 years. Departed San Francisco and transited Panama Canal en route to Brooklyn Naval Shipyard in New York.
14 Jun 1951 - SCB-27A modernization begun. Upgrade included more powerful catapults and arresting gear, strengthened flight deck, new island, weapons elevators and other improvements to support jet aircraft.
01 Jan 1952 - Redesignated an attack carrier (CVA-12).
10 Jan 1953 - SCB-27A completed.
11 Sep 1953 - Recommissioned at New York Naval Shipyard.
— May 1954 - Deployed on eight month global cruise which included port calls in Portugal, Italy and Egypt in the Mediterranean, a transit through the Suez Canal and stops in Singapore and the Philippines before joining the Seventh Fleet.
25 Jul 1954 - HORNET fighters assist in a search for survivors of a British airliner shot down by Communist Chinese fighters in what became known as the HAINAN Incident.
— Dec 1954 - HORNET arrives NAS Alameda following global deployment.
— May 1955 - Departed on second CVA WestPac cruise. Ship weathered at least thirteen typhoons during this deployment before losing number two shaft/prop near end of cruise.
— Dec 1955 - Arrives NAS North Island, San Diego to end cruise.
28 Jan 1956 - Begins SCB-125 modernization at Puget Sound Naval Shipyard Bremerton, Wa. Upgrades included an angled flight deck, hurricane bow, Primary Flight Control, starboard deck elevator and improved arresting gear system.
1957 - Completed third CVA WestPac Cruise. During cruise an AD Skyraider (Spad) was damaged by Chinese ground fire while patrolling near the Swatow Peninsula and another propeller was lost.
1957 - Jun '58 - Fourth WestPac cruise.