1st woman to command USS Constitution, aka Old Ironsides

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BOSTON –
A woman is taking command of the USS Constitution, also known as the Old Ironsides, for the first time in the warship’s 224-year history, the Navy said on Tuesday.

Cmdr. Billie J. Farrell is scheduled to take command in a ceremony on board Jan. 21. She will relieve Cmdr. John Benda, who has been leading the ship’s crew since February 2020.

“I am honored to have the privilege of soon commanding this iconic warship that dates back to the roots of our nation and our navy and to have had the incredible opportunity to serve as the first female commander of the USS Constitution. during his 224 years, “Farrell said in a statement.

Farrell is a native of Paducah, Ky., Graduated in 2004 from the United States Naval Academy, and was most recently an executive officer aboard the USS Vicksburg, a Ticonderoga-class guided missile cruiser, according to her Navy biography. .

“I hope to strengthen the legacy of the USS Constitution through preservation, promotion and protection by telling its story and connecting it with the rich heritage of the United States Navy and the warships serving in the fleet today.” , she said.

The Constitution, based in the Charlestown Navy Yard in Boston, is the world’s oldest commissioned warship still afloat. It played a crucial role in the Barbary Wars and the War of 1812 and defended the sea lanes from 1797 to 1855. The ship went undefeated in battle and destroyed or captured 33 enemy ships. It earned the nickname of Old Ironsides during the War of 1812, when British cannonballs were seen bouncing off its wooden hull.

Its crew is made up of sailors in active service.

The first woman to serve on the Constitution crew was sailor Rosemarie Lanam enlisted in 1986. The first woman to serve as a commissioned officer on the ship was Lt. Cmdr. Claire V. Bloom, who served as a senior executive and helmed sailing from 1997, the first time Old Ironsides had sailed under her own power since 1881.

Women now represent more than a third of the crew of 80 people.

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