USS Hornet said to be a better fit
for San Francisco
Supervisor Fiona Ma in the captain's chair
on the bridge of the USS Hornet.
December 14, 2005
Supervisor Fiona Ma climbed aboard the USS
Hornet (CV12) in Alameda on Monday. The historic 1943 Essex
class aircraft carrier, presently berthed at Alameda Point, is
being considered for relocation to San Francisco.
According to the US Navy and the non-profit
that operates the USS Hornet, the fully refurbished and operational
USS Hornet is a better fit for San Francisco than the USS Iowa.
The USS Iowa, whose berthing in San Francisco was voted down by
supervisors earlier this year, will require a substantial investment
to refurbish the historic relic.
"Although supporters for the USS Iowa have so far failed
to convince supervisors they have the necessary risk-free financial
guarantees, I remain supportive of the USS Iowa's berthing in
San Francisco. But I must also exercise due diligence in reviewing
other opportunities for San Francisco", stated Ma.
The moneymaking and fully operational USS Hornet derives income
from museum admissions; private events, film and TV production
permit issuance, private fundraisers, and educational live-aboard
programs for youth.
Supervisor Ma assures live-aboard bed comfort.
A movie crew prepares smoke behind an F14 Tomcat
on the flight deck of the USS Hornet
The USS Hornet is available for private functions.
The Hornet's present berthing location in Alameda is not ideal
for tourist access and hinders the Hornet's revenue generating
potential. With a new location in San Francisco, the USS Hornet
is expected to become a major tourist attraction capable of generating
much needed revenue for the Port Authority and the City.
According to Ma, Supervisors Elsbernd, Alioto-Pier and Maxwell
are supportive of berthing a US Navy historic ship in San Francisco.
Supervisors Ammiano, Daly, Dufty, Mirkarimi and McGoldrick, who
voted against the USS Iowa's berthing because of opposition to
the war in Iraq and the US Navy's 'don't ask, don't tell' policy,
are not expected to change their positions.
However, with only six votes required to pass an ordinance authorizing
the berthing of USS Hornet in San Francisco, it is expected supporters
of the Hornet's relocation will focus lobbying efforts on Supervisors
Peskin and Sandoval who initially dissented against the Iowa's
berthing due to financial concerns.
Ma told the Sentinel Peskin will also base his vote on feedback
from district constituent organizations that may voice concerns
about impacts to view corridors.
Mobile quarantine facility (above) used after recovering Apollo
11 astronauts Neil Armstrong, Edwin Aldrin Jr. and Michael Collins.
Apollo 11 capsule
Very tight quarters inside the capsule.
Several medical operating rooms punctuate the Hornet's tour.
Sparkling mess hall
The USS Hornet has many interesting historic attractions and artifacts.
A shrine in tribute to Raymond John Vyeda.
Bob Fish, CEO USS Hornet Museum, Rear Admiral Tom Brown (retired),
Supervisor Fiona Ma and Ralph Johnson, Chief Operating Officer
USS Hornet Museum.