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USS Constitution


Commonly known as "Old Ironsides" because of its ability to repel cannonballs, the heavy frigate is the oldest fully commissioned U.S. Navy vessel afloat. One of the most recognizable vessels in the Navy's fleet, the frigate served in the Quasi-War, Tripolitan War, and the War of 1812. The ship was nearly scrapped in 1830, but a public campaign saved it from destruction, and it continues to be visited by millions each year.

Fun Fact: The USS Constitution was never defeated in battle.

Photo source: Carol M. Highsmith

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