In this July 24, 2017 file photo, the USS Constitution, also known as Old Ironsides, is docked at the Charlestown Navy Yard, in Boston. (AP Photo/Steven Senne, File/U.S. Navy/1st Class Matt Chabe)
USS Constitution to set sail to commemorate anniversaries
October 16, 2017
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The USS Constitution is about to set sail for the first time in three years. It will celebrate the Navy's birthday. And it will celebrate the anniversary of the Constitution's first launch.
The world's oldest commissioned warship will set sail from Charlestown Navy Yard in Boston. It will set sail on Oct. 20.
The wooden ship will travel to Fort Independence on Castle Island. There it will fire a 21-gun salute. An additional 17-gun salute will be fired as the ship passes the U.S. Coast Guard station. It's the former site of the shipyard where the Constitution was built. It was launched in 1797.
It will be the warship's first sail since October 2014. The sail honors the Navy's 242nd birthday and the 220th anniversary of the Constitution's launch.
The ship earned its nickname "Old Ironsides" during the War of 1812.
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