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Ships of the United States Navy, A-Z

USS Constitution (Old Ironsides)
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 of iron.

USS Forrestal
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.

USS Independence
USS Independence

USS Missouri
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.

USS Monitor
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.

USS Nautilus
The USS Nautilus (SSN-571)
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.

USS Sargo
The USS Sargo (SSN-583)
was the U.S. Navy's fifth nuclear-powered submarine.

USS Seawolf
USS Seawolf (SSN-575)
Commissioned on March 30, 1957, the Seawolf was the second nuclear submarine in the U.S. Navy fleet.

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