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USS Hornet

Eight ships of the United States Navy have borne the name USS Hornet, after the stinging insect.

  • The fourth Hornet was a five gun schooner used as a dispatch vessel between 1813 and 1820.

  • The fifth Hornet, the first to be steam propelled, was an iron, side-wheeled steamer. She saw action during the Civil War, and later was ordered to duty in Cuban waters.

The F/A-18 strike fighter carries on the name Hornet in the Navy.

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