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i was wondering if anyone new the three aircraft carriers that were not at Pearl during the attack.  I know the Hornet was one of them i was just hoping someone could tell me the other two and if you could please email me at hblavendar@yahoo.com
thanx sooo much for your help
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Kristine,

Hello there :)  The three Pacific Fleet carriers at the time were USS Enterprise, USS Lexington, and USS Saratoga.

Enterprise and Lexington were west of Oahu that morning, although Enterprise was coming back in and only a few hundred miles out.

Saratoga was in San Diego at the time of the attack, but she hurried back out as soon as word of the attack came in.

Yorktown, Wasp, and Hornet all arrived in the Pacific a bit later on. Yorktown was originally part of the Pacific Fleet, by the way, but had been sent back to the Atlantic because there was already a "hot" war going on over there in 1940-41.

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Hi Kristine,
The USS Hornet was not yet in the US Navy officially and was on the East Coast.

The trivia question is answered on the insert map of the National Geographic magazine, Dec 1991 issue:

USS Saratoga was on the west coast having repairs; USS Enterprise was returning to Oahu having delivered fighters to Wake Island' and USS Lexington was almost to Midway to deliver some attack planes when the attack on Pearl Harbor came.

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Dear David,

"The seventh Hornet (CV-8) was launched 14 December 1940 by the Newport News Ship Building & Dry Dock Co., Newport News, Va.; sponsored by Mrs. Frank M. Knox, wife of the Secretary of the Navy; and commissioned at Norfolk 20 October 1941, Captain Marc A. Mitscher in command."

From CV-8 History

Aren't ships in the United States Navy considered part of it after they are commissioned?

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Aloha studentdriver,

Yes a ship is considered part of the US Navy as soon as she is commissioned, however that does NOT mean she is ready to join the fleet as a combatant. Ships typically require shakedown cruises to find and correct any problems that exist with a new ship. The USS Hornet was on one of these shakedown cruses on December 7th, 1941.


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