The U.S. Navy and Marine Corps also use the supersonic F/A-18 hornet strike fighter to guide other jets to their targets.
But that's abstract enough to allow people to read into it what they will and avoid the hornet's nest of contemporary politics.
As any journalist who has poked at this hornet's nest can tell you, myself included, the wrath of the 4chan hive is no picnic.
Captain Porter's instructions were to meet the Constitution and hornet, which were cruising in that part of the world.
He recognized the nest as that of a variety of hornet which is large and valiant.
The brig had borne down upon the hornet, and as they passed each other each delivered a broadside.
So the hornet is now an oriole, a bird that is loved by every one.
"Don't stir up a hornet's nest at home," counseled the elder Carrick.
"And get something for these hornet stings," added Tad Sobber.
A British 74 came up from the Brazilian capital, and drove the hornet into the harbor.
Old English hyrnet, hurnitu "large wasp, beetle," probably from Proto-Germanic *hurz-nut- (cf. Old Saxon hornut, Middle Dutch huersel, Dutch horzel, Old High German hornaz, German Hornisse "hornet"), from PIE imitative (buzzing) root *krs-, as preserved in Old Church Slavonic srusa, Lithuanian szirszu "wasp." On this theory, the English word (as well as German Hornisse) was altered by influence of horn, to suggest either "horner" (from the sting) or "horn-blower" (from the buzz). Cf. also Old Saxon hornobero "hornet," literally "trumpeter."
Heb. tsir'ah, "stinging", (Ex. 23:28; Deut. 7:20; Josh. 24:12). The word is used in these passages as referring to some means by which the Canaanites were to be driven out from before the Israelites. Some have supposed that the word is used in a metaphorical sense as the symbol of some panic which would seize the people as a "terror of God" (Gen. 35:5), the consternation with which God would inspire the Canaanites. In Palestine there are four species of hornets, differing from our hornets, being larger in size, and they are very abundant. They "attack human beings in a very furious manner." "The furious attack of a swarm of hornets drives cattle and horses to madness, and has even caused the death of the animals."