By Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Skyler Okerman, USS Constitution Public Affairs
BOSTON – Petty Officer 3rd Class Jacob Gehret, a native of League City, Texas, bid farewell to the officers and crew after completing a successful, two-year tour aboard USS Constitution, July 29.
Duty aboard USS Constitution is one of the Navy’s special programs, and all prospective crewmembers must meet a high standard of sustained excellence and interview to be selected for the assignment.
“It was a great honor to serve aboard Old Ironsides and to be a part of her living history,” said Gehret, who serves as an aviation machinist’s mate. “I look forward to the future and my next steps in the Navy.”
Gehret has served in the Navy for two years and USS Constitution is Gehret’s first duty station.
Gehret is a 2014 graduate of Clear View High School.
USS Constitution, is the world’s oldest commissioned warship afloat, and played a crucial role in the Barbary Wars and the War of 1812, actively defending sea lanes from 1797 to 1855.
The active-duty sailors stationed aboard USS Constitution normally provide free tours and offer public visitation to more than 600,000 people each year as they support the ship’s mission of promoting the Navy’s history, maritime heritage, and raising awareness of the importance of a sustained naval presence.
USS Constitution was undefeated in battle and captured or destroyed 33 enemy vessels.
The ship earned the nickname of Old Ironsides during the war of 1812 after British cannonballs were seen bouncing off the ship’s wooden hull.