The eighth USS Hornet (CV/CVA/CVS-12) was originally named USS Kearsarge, but renamed in honor of the CV-8, which was lost in October of 1942. She is nicknamed “The Grey Ghost”.
The contract to build Kearsarge had been given to Newport News Shipbuilding on 9 September 1940, and her keel was laid down 3 August 1942. The seventh Hornet (CV-8) was sunk in the Battle of Santa Cruz on 26 October 1942, and the CV-12 hull was renamed Hornet (the name Kearsarge is still stamped into her keel plate). She was launched 30 August 1943 and commissioned 29 November 1943. Its first commander was Captain Miles M. Browning.
In 1991, Hornet was designated a National Historic Landmark, and on 17 October 1998, she was opened to the public as an aircraft carrier museum at the former Alameda Naval Air Station in Alameda, California.