USS Constitution is scheduled to go underway for the 2023 Chief of Naval Operations’ Chief Petty Officer Heritage Training Weeks on Friday, September 15th at 10 am.
USS Constitution Sailors, with help from 120 Sailors selected for the rank of chief petty officer, will drop Old Ironsides’ topsails while cruising in Boston Harbor.
During Chief Petty Officer Heritage Weeks, USS Constitution’s crew train over 220 newly selected chief petty officers in the same skills as 19th century Sailors such as gun drills, pike drills, sailing, and musket drills to foster meaningful leadership development.
For over 20 years, Sailors selected for advancement to chief petty officer have come to USS Constitution to spend a week living aboard Old Ironsides, immersed in naval heritage.
The underway will include a 21-gun salute viewable from Fort Independence on Castle Island at approximately 11:15 a.m.
USS Constitution will fire an additional 17-gun salute as she passes U.S. Coast Guard Sector Boston, the former site of the Edmund Hartt’s Shipyard, where USS Constitution was built and launched on Oct. 21, 1797.
USS Constitution’s cruise will be viewable from the Boston Harborwalk, Castle Island, and Charlestown Navy Yard.