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Seaman Ruth Tuiolemotu promoting the Navy’s history and heritage

Seaman Ruth Tuiolemotu
Source: U.S. Navy press release

Charlestown, MASSACHUSETTS — A daughter of American Samoa — Seaman Ruth Tuiolemotu checked aboard the USS Constitution on July 20, 2022. During normal operations, the active-duty Sailors stationed aboard USS Constitution provide free tours and offer public visitation to more than 600,000 people a year as they support the ship’s mission of promoting the Navy’s history and maritime heritage and raising awareness of the importance of a sustained naval presence.

The Constitution, is the world’s oldest commissioned warship afloat, and played a crucial role in the Barbary Wars and the War of 1812, actively defending sea lanes from 1797 to 1855.

The USS Constitution was undefeated in battle and destroyed or captured 33 opponents. The ship earned the nickname of Old Ironsides during the war of 1812 when British cannonballs were seen bouncing off the ship’s wooden hull.

USS Constitution is located inside Boston National Historical Park, part of Charlestown Navy Yard in Charlestown, Massachusetts.

[U.S. Navy Photo; Airman Austin Jean]