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									      USS Constitution Gives Her Helm to USS Constitution
         By Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class (SW/AW) Frank E. Neely
                        USS Constitution Public Affairs

GREAT LAKES, Ill.—USS Constitution gave her helm to the building designated Ship

Six, also known as USS Constitution, in a ceremony at Ship Six of Recruit Training

Command (RTC), Great Lakes, Feb. 24.

Senior Chief Cryptologic Technician (Collection) (SW/SS/AW) David Twiford and

Electrician’s Mate 1st Class (SW/AW) Michael Pendergraft presented a replica of the

ship’s helm on behalf of Cmdr. Timothy M. Cooper, 71st in command, USS Constitution,

and her crew.

“We’re extremely proud of the relationship we have with RTC,” said Twiford. “We’re

honored they have a ship named after our command. We wanted to share our pride with


Twiford presented the helm to RTC Command Master Chief (SS/SW) Richard Dodd,

while RTC Commanding Officer, Capt. John W. Peterson and recruits from ship six

attended. The helm will be on display in Constitution’s quarterdeck, a ceremonial area of

the building.

"There is no more fitting place for the great history that USS Constitution is than here at

Recruit Training Command where tomorrow's Navy is making its start,” said Peterson.
“The wheel of USS Constitution is a clear reminder of the proud course this ship set for

our Navy and the clear path that must be steered by our Navy's newest Sailors.”

Twiford and Pendergraft also selected six recruits for duty aboard Constitution during

their visit. They will report to Constitution after graduation from recruit training. The

ship currently receives 50 percent of her manning from RTC Great Lakes.

“Coming to the USS Constitution directly from Great Lakes has provided me, and Sailors

like me, a great opportunity to learn the ways of the Navy in a different setting,” said

Seaman Jared Hutchins. “Best of all, through executing our mission here, we get a true

appreciation for the history and foundation of the Navy.”

Constitution is located in the Charlestown Navy Yard of Boston Harbor. She is the

world’s oldest commissioned warship afloat and welcomes more than 500,000 visitors a

year. For more information on Constitution, visit



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