USS Constitution to set sail to commemorate anniversaries 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
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The USS Constitution 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. 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 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.

The ship earned its nickname "Old Ironsides" during the War of 1812.

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What factors contribute to the significance of the USS Constitution setting sail this fall?
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  • BrianaM-del1
    10/18/2017 - 05:11 p.m.

    "the worlds oldest commissioned warship"and"the ship earned its nickname old ironsides during the war of 1812" those are some of the factors that contribute to the significance of the USS constitution setting sail the fall.

  • Sams-ctl
    11/10/2017 - 09:28 a.m.

    USS Constitution is setting sail this fall to celebrate the Navy's birthday and the anniversary of the Constitutions first launch. Also the USS Constitution is is the oldest commissioned warship!

  • JaydanD-ctl
    11/10/2017 - 11:14 a.m.

    The factors that signify this as special are that this would be the first time it would set sail in 3 years and it is the worlds oldest commissioned war ship. It will set sail for the navy 242nd birth day and it is the 220th anniversary of the constitutions launch.

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