Exactly one week to the hour after launching the Bs, Hornet sailed into Pearl Harbor. As the carrier came to a halt, another damaged "Val" deliberately crashed into Hornet' s port side near the bow. The four large carriers took with them to the bottom about naval aircraft and a high percentage of the most highly trained and experienced Japanese aircraft maintenance personnel. Hornet aircraft, launching late due to the necessity of recovering Yorktown scout planes and faulty communications, attacked a battleship and other escorts, but failed to score hits. Because of this decision, none of the 16 planes made it to their designated landing strips in China. In the Solomon Islands campaign , she was involved in the capture and defense of Guadalcanal and the Battle of the Santa Cruz Islands where she was irreparably damaged by enemy torpedo and dive bombers. One of two robotic vehicles aboard the Petrel found the Hornet during its first dive mission. Yorktown -class aircraft carriers. During the period before the attack on Pearl Harbor , Hornet trained out of Norfolk.
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