Townsend native reports for duty on the USS Constitution

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Damage Controlman 1st Class Julia Murray was chosen to serve on the USS Constitution. She began her duty assignment on Monday in Boston.

BOSTON – A Townsend native reported to her new duty station Monday on the USS Constitution, according to a press release from the Navy.

Damage Controlman 1st Class Julia Murray’s assignment aboard the USS Constitution is one of the Navy’s special programs, and all prospective crew members must meet a high standard of sustained excellence and interview to be selected for the assignment, according to the release.

“I am excited to be here and learn about the ship,” Murray said.

Murray has served in the Navy for six years and her previous duty stations were the Ticonderoga-class cruiser USS Lake Erie (CG 70) and the Arleigh Burke-class destroyer USS McCampbell (DDG85).

Murray is a 2014 graduate of North Middlesex Regional High School.

The 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.

The 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.