In Daring, Hornet was assigned to Kris Longknife's Voyage of Discovery. After the fleet encountered the Aliens, Hornet fought a delaying action to allow USS Wasp to escape.

In Defender, Kris searched for and found the wreck of Hornet and rescued her crew, including Phil Taussig, except for three who had died on a hostile planet. Kris brought pieces of Hornet back to Alwa for salvage.