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AFE Golden Gate Chapter Presents
Tour of the USS Hornet
March 25, 2010, Alameda, California
(3.5 min)



Sixty-five of AFE’s members, guests and family gathered aboard the USS Hornet in Alameda. The ship was built almost 70 years ago and operated flawlessly without the type computers and electronics that we all use today. We were shown the powerful catapult system used to launch the aircraft off of the deck, we also saw the fog foam firefighting system with its pump stations, the torpedo bay, as well as the Captain’s cabin. We had an outstanding tour, delicious food, great networking, and a spectacular view across the bay to San Francisco, the Bay Bridge and Yerba Buena Island.

For those who don’t know the history of this infamous ship, here are a few highlights: • In 1942, the seventh HORNET (CV-8) launched 16 Army B- 25s to strike the Japanese home islands in the “Doolittle Raid.” She went on to fight at the Battle of Midway and was lost to an overwhelming air attack at the Battle of Santa Cruz. • HORNET participated in World War II, the Vietnam War, and the first moon missions.

These activities and tours are sponsored by the Golden Gate and Silicon Valley Chapters of the AFE. In addition to being a lot of fun, these gatherings provide excellent networking opportunities. We bring together professionals who ensure the optimal operation of plants, grounds and offices at Fortune 500 manufacturers, universities, medical centers, government agencies and innovative small firms from around the world. And, they all look to AFE as the leading technical resource on engineering issues. AFE's mission is to provide education, certification, technical information and other relevant resources to plant and facility engineering, operation and maintenance.

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For additional information on joining the Silicon Valley Chapter of the Association for Facilities Engineering contact Jim Elder at 408-855-1105 or go to http://afe39.org/.

Michael Bukay is New Media Chair for the AFE Silicon Valley Chapter and owner of Michael Bukay & Associates which produces educational and marketing videos for the web. He can be reached at 510-232-9830 or http://bukaymedia.com/. Download a brochure on how web-based informational and marketing videos can help your organization to better reach its goals.


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