04 Jul '12, 10pm

USS Constitution Celebrates Independence Day: @USSConstitution

CHARLESTOWN, Mass. (NNS) -- USS Constitution and her crew got underway for her annual July 4th turnaround cruise in Boston Harbor, July 4. The cruise was Constitution's second of 2012 and one of the last major events of Boston Navy Week, June 28-July 5. "There is simply no better way to celebrate Independence Day than being on board Constitution," said Cmdr. Matthew Bonner, Constitution's 72nd commanding officer. "And this year is made even more special by celebrating the commemoration of the War of 1812 and sailing with USCGC Eagle to honor the nation." The ship got underway shortly after 11 a.m. with 499 guests in attendance. Many of them were winners of Constitution's 2012 lottery drawing. Chief of Naval Operations for Denmark Rear Adm. Finn Hansen and four of Constitution's former commanding officers were also aboard. "The Fourth of July is all about history and herita...

Full article: http://www.navy.mil/submit/display.asp?story_id=68223

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