October 1997

Marine Detachment Sails with "Old Ironsides"

Volume 80, Issue 10

For the first time in more than 116 years, the world's oldest commissioned warship afloat set sail and glided through the water under wind power alone. As in the beginning of USS Constitution's 200-year history, she was ably guarded by her own detachment of 52 Marines-the same number assigned when she first set sail July 22, 1798, as one of the first round of six ships authorized by the Congress of the United States when the Navy was officially created in 1794.

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Arturo Prioletta