Naval History and Heritage Command

Naval History and Heritage Command

After a successfull moon landing, the Apollo 11 Command Module splashed down in the Pacific Ocean on July 24, 1969. Task Force 130 took charge of the recovery operations. USS Hornet (CVS-12) and its embarked units were tasked with the job of recovering the astronauts and transporting them back to Pearl Harbor. In this section, you will find the after action reports written by Task Force 130, HS-4, and USS Hornet, as well as photographs of the recovery operation.