Hail Sister – USS Horne DLG/CG 30
Many Sterett shipmates will recall steaming with or being docked alongside our sister ship: USS Horne DLG/CG 30, over the years around the world. She was actually the first ship DLG-31 relieved on PIRAZ station during Sterett’s initial deployment to the Gulf of Tonkin in 1968.
Here are two excellent video clips produced by USS Horne Association Webmaster Joe Westerberg that are sure to be appreciated by shipmates who served aboard Sterett 31, as well as others interested in seeing actual weapons fire aboard this class of ships
Belknap Cruisers which served as key workhorses and shields for the Fleet from the mid- Sixties to the early Nineties.
YOU TUBE VIDEO CLIPS
The two weapon systems covered in the first clip: the rail-launched Terrier/Standard surface-to-air missiles and the 5-inch 54 gun mount should be familiar to all Sterett 31 shipmates. Both could have been similarly filmed anytime during the entire service life of either Horne 30 or Sterett 31 (1967-1994). This clip certainly captures what we all remember from those days about getting geared up and being ready to fight the ship. These were the same two systems Sterett deployed against the MIG and surface attack threats in the Battle of Dong Hoi in 1972.
The second clip is a moving video of Horne’s last mission: while serving as a target ship on RIMPAC in 2008, the Horne was finally commended to the deep. It is a fitting tribute to Sterett’s fair sister!