The USS Constitution
is the oldest commissioned naval vessel in the
world. Launched in 1797, she was the only ship to
have all her War of 1812 captains decorated by
Congress. The nickname "Old Ironsides"
was coined by one of her crewmen, who is said to
have seen shot from the British guns bouncing off
her sides and exclaiming that the ship had sides
The USS Forrestal
was the first aircraft carrier to be specifically designed and built to
accomodate jet aircraft. Commissioned in 1955,
she made both naval and aviation history
in 1963 when a C-130 Hercules landed on her
flight deck. In 1967 she was the scene of the
worst accident ever suffered by a
U.S. Navy surface vessel in terms of both loss of
life and extent of damage.
The USS Missouri
was the last U.S. battleship to be launched, and
the last to be decommissioned. She was an
integral part of the naval force during the
battles of Iwo Jima and Okinawa, and was the site
of Japan's surrender to the Allies. She also saw
service during the Korean War, and in the Persian
Gulf conflicts of 1987 and 1991.
The USS Monitor
was the Union Navy's response to the Confederate
Navy's ironclad ship CSS Virginia (Merrimack).
The two ships battled to a strategic draw at
Hampton Roads, Virginia, on March 9, 1862.
The USS Nautilus
was the first nuclear powered ship in the world,
and the first to cross under the North Pole. She
was launched on September 30, 1954, and was
setting records for submarines by May of 1956.
The historic voyage under the pole took place in
August of 1958.
The USS Sargo (SSN-583)
was the U.S. Navy's fifth nuclear-powered
Commissioned on March 30, 1957, the Seawolf
was the second nuclear submarine in the U.S. Navy