USS Constitution sets sail in Boston Harbor

For only the second time in 130 years, the USS Constitution, the oldest commissioned warship in the world, sailed under her own power, marking the 200th anniversary of her famous battle with the HMS Guerriere where the ship earned her nickname, "Old Ironsides." "I cannot think of a better way to honor those who fought in the war as well as celebrate Constitution's successes during the War of 1812 than for the ship to be under sail," said Cmdr. Matt Bonner, Constitution's 72nd commanding officer. "The event also ties our past and present by having the ship not only crewed by the outstanding young men and women who make up her crew, but also the 150 chief petty officer [CPO] selectees who join us for their Heritage Week." More than 150 CPO selectees and CPO mentor chiefs assisted Constitution's crew in setting sails. CPO selectees participated in Constitution's annual CPO Heritage Weeks, a weeklong training cycle divided by two weeks that teaches selectees time-honored...(Read Full Post)