Navy To Deploy USS Constitution To Strait Of Hormuz G-Had October 23, 2012 Navy 59 Comments Follow Duffel Blog: BOSTON, MA – With the US Navy increasingly stretched trying to meet its commitments in both the Pacific and the Middle East, the Department of the Navy announced today that it will be re-activating its entire mothball fleet for upcoming Middle East deployments, including the USS Constitution. According to Navy officials, the Constitution, currently celebrating the 200th anniversary of her victory over the British warship HMS Guerriere, will relieve the destroyer USS Porter, which was damaged last month in a collision in the Strait of Hormuz while playing chicken with a lighthouse. “I cannot think of a better way to honor those who fought in the War of 1812, as well as celebrate Constitution’s past successes, than for the ship to once again sail under arms,” said Commander Matt Bonner, the 72nd commanding officer of the Constitution. Navy officials are also hoping that the favorable publicity will help raise awareness of its core mission of protecting the freedom of the seas and remind the public about the 285 ships in the Navy’s inventory that do not involve SEALs. One Admiral, speaking off the record, said that Navy leadership is also confident that this upcoming deployment will go better than the Constitution‘s 2011 anti-piracy mission off the coast of Somalia. During that deployment, the Constitution spent several hours laboriously attempting to use the wind to maneuver into firing position against several small agile motorboats full of Somali pirates, but was unable to avoid the protracted long range enfilade fire of heavy machine gun fire from the pirate boats. “That was the day we stopped calling her ‘Old Ironsides’,” said one member of the Constitution’s crew, referring to the nickname the ship received after numerous British cannonballs bounced off her sides. “She may have stood up to a 32-pounder [cannon] back in 1812, but those .50 caliber machine guns just ripped her apart.” The Navy’s official report on the incident said that not only did the pirates’ heavy machine gun fire easily pierce the hull from the front, almost severing a mast belowdecks, but also pierced the ship’s internal bulkheads, in some cases exiting through the captain’s cabin at the back of the ship. Additionally, several cannons were cut loose and crashed around like rampaging bulls as the ship pitched to and fro on the waves. The pirates finally retreated after the Constitution’s foremast fell on and sank a pirate skiff that was closing to land a boarding party. When the ship was finally able to capture a group of pirates whose engine had failed, and because no one had bothered to update the Constitution’s 1853 Navy Regulations prior to sailing, Commander Bonner promptly had them hanged from the yardarm. Other possible deployments by the Monitor and the Merrimack are still in the planning stage, as well as the USS Olympia as soon as a reliable stock of cheap coal can be located. Duffel Blog investigative writer Dark Laughter also contributed to this report. Brandon Bowers says: May 22, 2014 at 10:39 AM Replace the cannon with M134′s . Put a small nuclear reactor on board and let her rip. Make sure she stocks plenty of sand for those Tomahawk launches off the fo’c’sle Alex Shamis says: February 26, 2014 at 12:56 AM USS Kitty Hawk redeployed? Alex Shamis says: February 26, 2014 at 12:56 AM USS Kitty Hawk redeployed? Keith Schiffner says: February 26, 2014 at 12:56 AM swap out the old 24 pounders for some 32 pounder parrot guns with exploding shells…more range, more accurate…more better. Keith Schiffner says: February 26, 2014 at 12:56 AM swap out the old 24 pounders for some 32 pounder parrot guns with exploding shells…more range, more accurate…more better. Glenn Bacon says: December 15, 2013 at 6:22 PM So appropriate. Bring kevlar. Bill O'Connor says: December 15, 2013 at 6:22 PM Those of you awaiting the “October Surprise,” wait no more. Alicia DuRoy-Saunders says: December 15, 2013 at 6:22 PM About time she got off her butt and earned her keep! Nick Beavan says: December 15, 2013 at 6:22 PM Hey! This means they’re bringing back the Iowa-class battleships! Peter Kirk says: December 15, 2013 at 6:22 PM since the last incident,, she has been retro-fitted with a nuclear sail and has been painted with 50cal proof stain! Alina Mirzai Varhola says: December 15, 2013 at 6:22 PM I want to see some stories on the re-implementation of bayonnet-fitted horses, and how they’re adjusting to flight deck duty. Francis Borek says: December 15, 2013 at 6:22 PM Oh man that article was fucking hilarious, I loved the part about hanging the pirates, and I’ll re-enlist in the Navy if they bringback the Monitor and the Merrimack. Mike Harris says: December 15, 2013 at 6:22 PM With todays technologhy, its not impossible to update the cannons with laser designator targeting systems and a gyro stabilizers. Its so crazy….it just might work….ahoy! Josh Noble says: December 15, 2013 at 6:22 PM She still beat the pirates! I wonder what the pirates’ reaction would have been had they faced 25 really old time Marines wielding nothing more than a cutlass and bloodlust. Donald Wayne Keimig says: December 15, 2013 at 6:22 PM And its a better ship than anything the Iranian Navy has currently. Ray Barnes says: December 15, 2013 at 6:22 PM LMAO! Josiah Gravelle says: December 15, 2013 at 6:22 PM Priceless Kenneth Michael Haney says: December 15, 2013 at 6:22 PM This is a joke, right? John Grauer says: December 15, 2013 at 6:22 PM What happens when defense is cut back under obama. Anthony Hattori says: December 15, 2013 at 6:22 PM Now we just waiting on the Royal Navy to send in HMS Victory. Joe Rupert says: December 15, 2013 at 6:22 PM Lmao! Doc Bailey says: December 15, 2013 at 6:22 PM Well It has renewable wind power. I would not be surprised to see more Wind Powered rapidly deployed guided cannon frigate. they might even be painted green to remind us that they’re using green energy. Szebb Jövőt says: December 15, 2013 at 6:22 PM The U.S. Brig NIAGARA is patrolling Lake Erie from Buffalo, NY to Cleveland to prevent terrorists from crossing into the United States from Canada. On October27, 2012, NIAGARA sank a convoy of of Al Quida canoes that were attempting to land on the beach at Woodlawn, NY. The only terrorist survivor was a goat that the crew baptized and made it the brig’s mascot. Cameron Crash Adams says: December 15, 2013 at 6:22 PM Hahahahaha Cynthia Marie Klenk says: December 15, 2013 at 6:22 PM This just in…. the USS Maine is being raised and refitted from its bay in Cuba. When asked by the Cuban government if it was ok to raise the Maine, the Cuban prime minister said yes, but the US navy must pay the storage charges which began when she exploded and sunk, 15 Feb 1898. When told of the charges the Admiral in charge of USCINCLANT whistled and said “looks like we’ll another bake sale”. The previous bake sale paid for the refit and re-commissioning of the C.S.A. Hunley Mj Pettengill says: December 15, 2013 at 6:22 PM Interesting…but there is no such thing as clean coal… I hope that the USS Constitution is not harmed or destroyed as it is a prized part of our historical heritage. I wish that we would continue to preserve it, but I guess we are stretched too thin. Wishing the best of luck to all. Kevin Pitcock says: December 15, 2013 at 6:22 PM Anchors Aweigh! Phillip Archuleta says: December 15, 2013 at 6:22 PM cant wait to see how she does with INSURV lol. Chris Watson says: December 15, 2013 at 6:22 PM Truly, the only truly ‘green’ ship in the Navy today! Todd Pierce says: December 15, 2013 at 6:22 PM US NAVY doing more with less.1853 regs rule! Brendan Dougherty says: December 15, 2013 at 6:22 PM The Monitor is another exciting ship to have sailing again. Ever since her decommissioning in 1862, she has been mothballed under water near Cape Hatteras. Great Job Squids! Patrick J Driscoll says: December 15, 2013 at 6:22 PM This stuff is great! Bob Lee says: December 15, 2013 at 6:22 PM Funny thing is – being made out of wood, ol’ Ironsides has a smaller radar cross section than a tractor-trailer rif. And, she can run on renewable energy, too! Keith Sloan says: December 15, 2013 at 6:22 PM I hope Olympia will be burning clean coal! Mary Ripley says: December 15, 2013 at 6:22 PM Benjamin Armstrong, Claude Berube – assume command. This is your Barbary Pirates, Revolutionary War, everything-historical-moment! H Lucien Gauthier III and Matthew America Hipple you can man the deck and stand watch. leftoftheboom says: October 27, 2012 at 9:31 AM I would love to see those 16″ rifles give some fool a 9 gun salute. It would be awesome. WOLF (Warrant Officer Liberation Front) says: October 25, 2012 at 4:06 PM This will work! The Navy has already pulled the USS Missouri back into its inventory to fight off an Alien Invasion earlier this year (as seen in the Documentary “Battleship”). Why can’t the USS Constitution fight off simple pirates? CPT 2003 says: October 26, 2012 at 1:19 AM That was ‘friggin’ awesome too – I can’t wait until BB-61 (USS Texas) gets underway again – yep, she’s coal -fired, yep, she’s over 100 – but she’s the only DREADNOUGHT still afloat in the world!!!!!!! And she still generates her own electricity!!!! – Now that is what I am talking about!!!!! King of Oorah says: October 25, 2012 at 10:38 AM Actually, I don’t think a 50 cal would penetrate the hull…it’s pretty frickin thick! (like two feet thick or something)…so this story is obviously bogus (of course ,it’s TDB). Anyone ever shot a 50 cal into 24 inches of lumber? Dan Smith says: October 25, 2012 at 8:12 AM Outstanding! The piracy stuff was a little over the top, but the rest was well written! I’m very impressed. Looking forward to reading more! leftoftheboom says: October 24, 2012 at 6:53 AM KEEL HAUL the LUBBERS! Okay that exausted my navy jargon. Don’t get fancy shmancy, just shoot them already. CPT 2003 says: October 23, 2012 at 5:51 PM I have the con . . . Gomer says: October 23, 2012 at 4:02 PM I’d support this if we DID start hanging pirates again. Dale R. Wilson says: October 23, 2012 at 11:22 AM Maybe the The Niña, the Pinta and the Santa María might be available, as well. Aslo, we better think about sending the submarine, Nautilus, from 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea. WOLF (Warrant Officer Liberation Front) says: October 23, 2012 at 12:48 PM Good Idea, President Wilson. Unfortunately for you, I have already acquired the Nautilus for my own nefarious needs. Viva La WOLF! donkey hotep says: October 24, 2012 at 6:52 AM How is a Warrant Officer like a broken shotgun? They won’t work and you can’t fire them. WOLF (Warrant Officer Liberation Front) says: October 25, 2012 at 3:42 PM Wow, funny… This coming from a Donkey (AKA Jackass). donkey hotep says: October 26, 2012 at 6:40 AM Well a donkey is something dependable and worthy, even when it’s an ass. They are hard working and put up with a lot of stuff in the name of the mission. Whereas a warrant officer is where losers find the only promotions left to them. CPT 2003 says: October 26, 2012 at 1:24 AM HMAV Bounty II is available – though some presumptive dialogue from the first iteration pulled from the log might be informative: “[Frey] the ship can’t take it [Bligh] the ship can take it vey well [Frey] well how long can the men take it [Bligh] as long as the officers can take it . . . Hock says: October 29, 2012 at 4:27 PM Unfortunately, not anymore – sank today after they sailed it into Hurricane Sandy. Guess it couldn’t take it after all. Howard C. Berkowitz says: October 23, 2012 at 9:08 AM Alas, in the slow decline of the Royal Navy, HMS Victory is permanently berthed. USS Constitution (44) recently demonstrated that she still can sail.