• Chief Petty Officer Selectees Live, Train Onboard USS Constitution
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    Chief Petty Officer Selectees Live, Train Onboard USS Constitution

    CHIEF PETTY OFFICER SELECTEES FROM AROUND THE FLEET GATHERED IN CHARLESTOWN, MASSACHUSETTS TO LIVE AND TRAIN LIKE 19TH CENTURY SAILORS, ONBOARD USS CONSTITUTION, AS PART OF CHIEF PETTY OFFICER HERITAGE WEEKS 2012. “WE ARE IN OUR 15TH YEAR OF DOING ANNUAL CPO HERITAGE TRAINING WITH A HUNDRED AND FIFTY, WE USUALLY DO A HUNDRED AND THIRTY TO A HUNDRED AND FIFTY CHIEF SELECT PETTY OFFICERS. I ALSO BRING IN 20 MENTOR CHIEFS TO ASSIST, BECAUSE MY SMALL AMOUNT OF CHIEF PETTY OFFICERS I HAVE ONBOARD. THE CHIEF SELECT PETTY OFFICERS GET ONE WEEK OF 19TH CENTURY SEAMANSHIP TRAINING, TO WHERE WE TEACH THEM BOARDING PIKE AND GUN DRILLS, WE TEACH…

  • Sailing into History – Sailors of USS Constitution Part 1
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    Sailing into History – Sailors of USS Constitution Part 1

    When I give tours on board Constitution, people want to hear a story. People want to hear the history. People want to hear why she is still around and where she came from to begin with. I feel like it’s the foundation of the Navy. This is where the Navy started. When I first joined the Navy, I told the recruiter I wanted to be a history teacher. He said, “History? Okay, Boatswain’s Mate is the right job for you.” During the War of 1812, a Boatswain’s Mate’s job would have been sanding the deck to get the deck perfectly smooth so the guns don’t chaff against the deck and…

  • Annual Chief Petty Officer Heritage Weeks Begin aboard USS Constitution
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    Annual Chief Petty Officer Heritage Weeks Begin aboard USS Constitution

    WELCOME TO ALL HANDS UPDATE, I’M PETTY OFFICER JONATHAN PANKAU. SAILORS ABOARD USS CONSTITUTION BEGAN THE ANNUAL CHIEF PETTY OFFICER HERITAGE WEEKS, AUGUST 18TH. MORE THAN 300 CHIEF SELECTS AND MENTORS FROM THE FLEET WILL REPORT TO THE SHIP DURING THE NEXT TWO WEEKS. THE FIRST GROUP ARRIVED THIS WEEK AND BEGAN TEAM BUILDING EXERCISES, HERITAGE AND LEADERSHIP TRAINING TO PREPARE THEM FOR LIFE AS CHIEF PETTY OFFICERS. THE TWO-WEEK TRAINING WILL INCLUDE SAIL TRAINING, GUN DRILLS AND BOARDING PIKE DRILLS TAUGHT BY USS CONSTITUTION SAILORS. THE CHIEF SELECTS WILL ALSO GET UNDERWAY WITH OLD IRONSIDES IN THE BOSTON HARBOR, AUGUST 22ND THROUGH 29TH. THIS WILL BE THE LAST CPO…

  • “The Last Ride” USS CONSTITUTION 217th Birthday Celebration
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    “The Last Ride” USS CONSTITUTION 217th Birthday Celebration

    USS Constitution is a 44 gun frigate. 3 masted square rigged frigate. Built to out run, or out gun any thing she came across. Which she was successful at doing 33 and O in battle. It’s the last underway the ship will have for over 3 years. She truly is a lens through which we can examine the importance of having a Navy. The role our Navy has had in our nations history. This ship was built as a result of acts of piracy against our nation. That made it very clear.In order to defend our national interest and economy. We would need to have a Navy. That was true…