A sailor makes a quick phone call during a July 4, trip of USS Constitution in Boston Harbor. Glenn Moyer Photo
CLARIFICATION: USS Constitution is the oldest warship afloat, but not the oldest in commission. The U.K. Royal Navy’s HMS Victory is still in commission but has been in dry dock since 1922.
ONBOARD USS CONSTITUTION — Commissioned in 1798, USS Constitution is the world’s oldest commissioned warship afloat. Berthed in Boston, the ship was underway on July 4, in one of the last trips the ship will make before entering a maintenance availability that will keep the ship in the yard until 2018.
USS Stout (DDG-55) fires its MK45 5-inch gun during a live-fire exercise on Jan. 6, 2014. US Navy Photo
The surface Navy will take a page from the naval aviation community and standup a new command to teach combined surface tactics to the service’s top surface warfare officers by the end of the year, Vice Adm. Tom Copeman, commander of U.S. Surface Forces said in a Tuesday presentation at the Surface Navy Association symposium 2014 in Crystal City, Va.
USS Taylor (FFG-50) departs Naval Station Mayport for a seven-month deployment to the U.S. 5th and 6th Fleets on Jan. 8, 2014. US Navy Photo
The following from the Vision for the 2026 Surface Fleet, released in January 2014. The document is authored by current head of U.S. Surface Forces, Vice Adm. Tom Copeman, who will be speaking this week at Surface Navy Association’s 2014 symposium. Read More
USS Freedom (LCS-1) arrives at Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam on Dec. 13, 2013.
The U.S. Navy’s first Littoral Combat Ship (LCS-1) conducted real-world operations in the South China Sea during the ship’s deployment to Singapore, the commander of U.S. Navy Surface Forces said on Monday. Read More