USS Constitution to set sail to commemorate anniversaries
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The USS Constitution, also known and “Old Ironsides,” - a nickname earned during the War of 1812 - is about to set sail for the first time in three years to celebrate the Navy's birthday and the anniversary of the Constitution's first launch.
The world's oldest commissioned warship will set sail from Charlestown Navy Yard in Boston on Oct. 20.
The wooden ship will travel to Fort Independence on Castle Island, where it will fire a 21-gun salute, while an additional 17-gun salute will be fired as the ship passes the U.S. Coast Guard station, the former site of the shipyard where the Constitution was built and launched in 1797.
It will be the warship's first sail since October 2014, and will commemorate the Navy's 242nd birthday and the 220th anniversary of the Constitution's launch.
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