Hail Sister – USS Horne DLG/CG 30


Hail Sister!

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.


Ready Aim Fire! – YouTube

USS Horne Final Mission: RIMPAC 2008 – YouTube

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!

Replies “Hail Sister – USS Horne DLG/CG 30

  1. William Koehler Replied On:

    I had the high honor and distinct privilege of being a Plankowner in Horne, commissioned on 15, April 1967. I served on board until March 1968 and then joined Sterett in June 1968 until September 1969. Both were great ships with gallant crews! Wonderful memories from 50 years ago! Please fell free to contact me for further discussion.

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