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On June 26, 2008 Horne began her final voyage.  She was towed by the Ocean Tug USNS Navajo from San Francisco Bay (photo above) to the waters off the Hawaiian Islands. She will be serving as a target ship during RIMPAC exercises. Details and photos of this final chapter in Horne's history can be found on the Sink-Ex page

 
 

 

On February 26, 2008, Horne was moved from her Suisun Bay location where was prepared for what's commonly referred to in the Navy as a Sink-Ex... short for Sinking Exercise. On June 26, 2008 she was towed from San Francisco Bay to a remote location near the Hawaiian Islands. Horne will be spared the ship-breakers in Brownsville, Texas and will instead perform one final mission as a target during RimPac2008. If she follows other targets her final resting place will be under file miles of water in the South Pacific. Details and photos of this final chapter in Horne's history can be found on the Sink-Ex page


 

On September 27, 2004, I had the distinct privilege of visiting Horne in Suisun Bay, California. I accompanied Mr. Peter Papadakos and a group of volunteers helping to restore USS Joseph P. Kennedy Jr. (DD-850). I took more than 100 photos inside and on Horne. She is still a very proud ship, but if you would prefer to remember her from her better days, I suggest you do not look at these images. If you, however, want to view what more than likely will be the final photos ever taken of Horne you may CLICK HERE.

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SUISUN BAY AUGUST 9-13, 2004

Acting as lead Volunteer for the West Coast restoration team for the destroyer USS JOSEPH P. KENNEDY JR (DD-850), Mr. Peter P. Papadakos lead a team of volunteers and visited Horne from August 9-13, 2004. CLICK HERE to view photos taken by Mr. Papadakos.

 

 

SHIP BREAKING

Horne sister ships England, Halsey, Standley were all towed to Brownsville, Texas for Ship Breaking. It appears as if Horne will be spared this fate as she is apparently being readied for a Sink-Ex.

You may read an article about Ship Breaking that appeared in the October '04 issue of Forbes Magazine by CLICKING HERE. This article "features" Horne sister ship Gridely (CG-21). I think you will agree. It's much better Horne be sent to the bottom of the ocean than to Brownsville, TX.

 

CG-31 HEADED FOR SHIP BREAKING

The four photos above are of the USS Sterett (CG-31) being towed from
 Suisun Bay 17OCT05 and heading toward Brownsville, TX for scrapping.
 

 

FEBRUARY 1994

USS Horne Decommissioning Program February 4, 1994
Decommissioning Program
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Lost POD Click to Read
Last POD (2.4.94)
Courtesy BT1(SW) Babcock

So long San Diego!
Horne says its final goodbye to San Diego as it's towed north toward Suisun Bay away from Point Loma (seen on the left).
Courtesy R.J. Scherl (photo taken from USS Essex)

Horne being towed to Suisun Bay 17 March 1994
Horne being towed to Suisun Bay near Golden Gate Bridge. 17 March 1994
Courtesy Kurt Greiner - SeaPhotos

Suisun Bay - Benicia, California
Suisun Bay Photo Section
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Suisun Bay Satellite Photo
Suisun Bay Satellite Photos (1997)
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Scene from Down Pariscope
Down Periscope - Courtesy Twentieth Century Fox
Mothball CGs in background


Horne in Suisun
Courtesy HM1Ron Carson

Horne in Suisun
Courtesy HM1Ron Carson

Horne in Suisun
Courtesy HM1Ron Carson

Horne in Suisun
Courtesy HM1Ron Carson


Suisun Bay
Horne's Home Port 1994-2008
Source: http://www.fas.org/irp/imint/benicia-mid.htm

If you have Horne Photos not shown above, please contact me!

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