USS Constitution Sets Sail

USS Constitution Sets Sail

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THE WORLD’S OLDEST COMMISSIONED WARSHIP, USS
CONSTITUTION SET SAIL UNDER HER OWN POWER AUGUST 19TH, WHICH WAS THE FIRST TIME SINCE
1997. OLD IRONSIDES DEPARTED HER BERTH FROM CHARLESTOWN, MASSACHUSETTS, FOR AN UNDERWAY
DEMONSTRATION COMMEMORATING GUERRIERE DAY. THE SHIP SAILED WEST UNDER HER OWN POWER FOR
17 MINUTES FOR MORE THAN ONE THOUSAND YARDS. “ONE OF OUR MISSIONS HERE ON CONSTITUTION
IS TO BE ABLE TO CONDUCT LIMITED SAILING DEMONSTRATIONS, AND TO BE ABLE TO GET TO THAT POINT AND SHOW
PEOPLE THAT WE CAN STILL SAIL THIS SHIP, YOU KNOW, MAYBE NOT OUT IN THE OPEN OCEAN TO GO
FIGHT PIRATES, BUT WE CAN STILL SAFELY SAIL THE SHIP, I THINK IT’S AN IMPORTANT REMINDER
THAT WE HAVE THAT CAPABILITY ON BOARD.” ONE MASSACHUSETTS RESIDENT WAS NEARLY AT A
LOSS FOR WORDS AT THE SIGHT OF THE SHIP AT SEA. “IT’S JUST AN UNBELIEVABLE SIGHT. IT’S 200
YEARS AGO TODAY, TO THINK THAT THE SAME SHIP IS OUT THERE YOU KNOW, IT’S, IT GIVES YOU
A FEELING OF, WELL THE BEST WAY TO DESCRIBE IT IS GOOSE FLESH.” AND FOR OTHERS, BEING INVOLVED IN SUCH A HISTORIC
EVENT ON A HISTORIC VESSEL REENFORCED THEIR PRIDE IN NAVY HERITAGE. “WELL, I THINK CONSTITUTION REALLY SYMBOLIZES
THE GREAT NAVAL TRADITION AND HISTORY THAT WE HAVE. AND AS YOU CAN SEE ON BOARD TODAY,
IT’S IT’S SOMETHING THAT REALLY SEPARATES US FROM, FROM OTHER INSTITUTIONS, FROM OTHER,
FROM OTHER SERVICES FRANKLY, SO WE NEED TO CONTINUE TO MAKE THAT COMMITMENT TO INVEST
IN THIS SHIP AND TO HAVE SOMETHING REALLY SPECIAL FOR OUR SAILORS AND FOR THE NATION
FRANKLY TO UNDERSTAND OUR DEEP NAVAL TRADITION.” THE LAST TIME CONSTITUTION SAILED UNDER HER
OWN POWER WAS JULY 21, 1997 TO HONOR THE SHIP’S 200TH BIRTHDAY. IT WAS THE FIRST TIME THE
SHIP SAILED IN 116 YEARS. FOR THE DEFENSE MEDIA ACTIVITY, I’M PETTY
OFFICER BRANDIE WILLS.

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