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Better known as “Old Ironsides,” it was one of the first six ships commissioned by the U.S. Navy after the American Revolution. USS Constitution
Launched from Boston in 1797, it first saw action as the squadron flagship in the Quasi-War with France from 1799-1801 and also fought in the Barbary War and the War of 1812. USS Constitution
She later served many years as the nation’s flagship in the Mediterranean. Retired from active duty in 1846, the words of Oliver Wendell Holmes’ “Old Ironsides” saved her from the scrap yard—she became the training ship of the U.S. USS Constitution
Naval Academy until the mid-1880s. She became the symbolic flagship of the U.S. Navy in 1940 and is now a floating museum in Boston. USS Constitution
Built at what is now the Norfolk Naval Shipyard, between 1798 and 1799. USS Chesapeake
It was attacked by the British Leopard off Cape Henry in 1807 (which led to the duel between Commodores James Barron and Stephen Decatur), one of the causes of the War of 1812. USS Chesapeake
She was captured off Boston in 1813 by the British frigate Shannon, on which occasion her commander, Capt. James Lawrence, uttered his celebrated dying words, “Don’t give up the ship,” which have become a tradition in the U.S. Navy. USS Chesapeake
Oliver Hazard Perry’s decisive victory over the British fleet in the Battle of Lake Erie on September 10, 1813 ensured American control of the Great Lakes during the War of 1812. USS Lawrence/USS Niagara
In the battle, Perry’s flagship, the _____________________________ was severely damaged and 4/5ths of her crew killed or wounded. Commodore Perry and a small contingent rowed a half-mile through heavy gunfire to another American ship, the _______________ USS Lawrence/USS Niagara
Boarding and taking command, Perry brought her into battle and soundly defeated the British fleet. Perry summarized the fight in a now-famous message to General William Henry Harrison: “We have met the enemy and they are ours.” USS Lawrence/USS Niagara
After departing Union forces burned the Gosport Navy Yard in Norfolk in April 1861, yard workers salvaged the ____________________________ and converted her into the ironclad CSS Virginia. USS Merrimack
On March 8, 1862, the ______________________ left the shipyard and sank two Union warships in Hampton Roads. CSS Virginia (USS Merrimack)
The South’s ironclad CSS Virginia rammed and sank the _________________________ and set fire to and sank the _______________________________ USS Cumberland, USS Congress
The _________________________was sent to end the CSS Virginia's rampage and the two ironclads battled for 3 1/2 hours before the Virginia ran aground in its attempt to ram the USS Minnesota. USS Monitor
The Confederates destroyed the __________________soon after to prevent her capture by Union forces. CSS Virginia (aka USS Merrimack)
The _______________, victorious in her first battle, sank in a storm off Cape Hatteras, NC. The shipwreck is a national underwater sanctuary under the purview of the NOAA. USS Monitor
This second-class armored battleship was launched in 1889. A part of the “Great White Fleet,” in 1897 the it sailed for Havana to show the flag and protect American citizens. USS Maine
The court of inquiry convened in March was unable to obtain evidence associating the blast with any person or persons, but public opinion—inflamed by “yellow journalism”—was such that the disaster led to the declaration of war on Spain on April 21, 1898. USS Maine
Shortly after 9:40 pm on February 15, 1898, the battleship was torn apart by a tremendous explosion near Havana, Cuba USS Maine
A lead ship of the honor escort for President Wilson’s trip to France in 1918, she was on Battleship Row at Pearl Harbor when Japanese aircraft appeared just before 8:00 am on Sunday, December 7, 1941. USS Arizona
It came under attack almost immediately at Pearl Harbor, and at about 8:10 was hit by an 800-kilogram bomb just forward of turret two on the starboard side. USS Arizona
In 1962 its' memorial opened in Pearl Harbor and is now administered by the National Park Service. USS Arizona
Within a few seconds the forward powder magazines exploded, killing 1,177 of the crew, and the ship sank to the bottom of the harbor. USS Arizona
It was the last battleship completed by the United States; she was laid down January 6, 1941 by New York Naval Shipyard. USS Missouri
She was launched January 29, 1944 and received her sponsorship from Miss Margaret Truman, daughter of then Senator, Harry S Truman. USS Missouri
The “Mighty Mo,” as she became known, sailed for the Pacific and quickly became the flagship of Admiral Halsey, which is why she was chosen as the site of the formal surrender of the Empire of Japan on the morning of September 1, 1945. USS Missouri
In 1951 Congress authorized construction of the world’s first nuclear-powered submarine. On December 12 of that year, the Navy Department announced that she would be the sixth ship of the fleet to bear this name. USS Nautilus
She was launched on January 21, 1954. Eight months later, on September 30, 1954, it became the first commissioned nuclear-powered ship in the U.S. Navy. USS Nautilus
On the morning of January 17, 1955, Nautilus’ Cmdr. Wilkinson signaled “Underway on Nuclear Power.” In 1958 she departed Pearl Harbor under top secret orders to conduct “Operation Sunshine,” the first crossing of the North Pole by a ship. USS Nautilus
Created by: Mr_Morman