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USS Horne (CG-30)
USS Horne CG-30
USS Horne (CG-30)
Career (US)
Ordered: 20 September 1961
Builder: San Francisco Naval Shipyard
Laid down: 12 December 1962
Launched: 30 October 1964
Acquired: 7 July 1967
Commissioned: 15 April 1967
Decommissioned: 4 February 1994
Struck: 4 February 1994
Homeport: NS San Diego, California (former)
Motto: Audace Toujours L'Audace (Audacity, Always Audacity)
Fate: Sunk as target during RIMPAC 2008
General characteristics
Displacement: 7930 tons
Length: 547 ft (167 m)
Beam: 55 ft (17 m)
Draught: 28 ft 10 in (8.79 m)
Speed: 30 knots
Complement: 418 officers and men
Sensors and
processing systems:
Electronic warfare
& decoys:
Armament: one Mark 42 five-inch / 54-caliber gun, two three-inch guns, one Terrier missile / SM-2ER launcher, six 15.5-inch torpedo tubes, Harpoon missiles, Phalanx CIWS

USS Horne (DLG/CG-30) was a Belknap-class destroyer leader / cruiser. Named for Admiral Frederick J. Horne, 1880-1959. She was launched as DLG-30, a destroyer, and reclassified a cruiser on 30 June 1975.

The contract to construct Horne was awarded on 20 September 1961. Her keel was laid down at San Francisco Naval Shipyard on 12 December 1962. Launched 30 October 1964 and sponsored by Mrs. Frederick Horne, widow of Admiral Frederick J. Horne. Delivered 7 July 1967 and commissioned on 15 April 1967.

1983 Deployment

On 20 July 1983 the New York Times reported that the Horne along with seven other vessels in the Carrier Ranger Battle Group left San Diego on Friday 15 July 1983 and were headed for the western Pacific when they were rerouted and ordered to steam for Central America to conduct training and flight operations in areas off the coasts of Nicaragua, El Salvador and Honduras as part of major military exercises planned for that summer.

The battle group was composed of the carrier Ranger, the cruiser Horne, the guided missile destroyer Lynde McCormick, the destroyers Fletcher and Fife, the frigate Marvin Shields, the oiler Wichita and the support ship Camden.

1994 Decommissioned

After more than 26 years of service, Horne was decommissioned on 4 February 1994. She was struck from the register the same day, placed in the custody of the United States Maritime Administration and was laid up at the Suisun Bay National Defense Reserve Fleet. Initially scheduled to be scrapped, she was spared the breakers torch and was sunk as a target on 29 June 2008 as part of RIMPAC 2008.

Horne was the last of the Leahy/Belknap type cruisers.

Unit awards[edit | edit source]

The USS Horne (CG-30) and its crewmembers have received the following awards [1]:

Gold star
2 Combat Action Ribbons
Joint Meritorious Unit Award
1 Joint Meritorious Unit Award
Navy Unit Commendation
1 Navy Unit Commendation
Navy Meritorious Unit Commendation
1 Meritorious Unit Commendation
Navy Expeditionary Medal
1 Navy Expeditionary Medal
Gold star
2 National Defense Medals
Bronze star
2 Armed Forces Expeditionary Medals
Gold star
Southwest Asia Service Medal with one campaign star
Kuwait Liberation Medal
1 Kuwait Liberation Medal
Silver star
Gold star
Gold star
8 Sea Service Deployment Ribbons
Republic of Vietnam Gallantry Cross
Silver star
Bronze star
Vietnam Service Medal with six campaign stars

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