What Are the Most Popular U.S. Warships?


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The USS Constitution, known as "Old Ironsides," the USS Missouri and the USS Arizona are among the United States' most famous warships. The USS Constitution was commissioned in 1798 as one of the six original U.S. naval frigates. The USS Missouri, involved in World War II, the Korean War and the Gulf War, was the site of Japan's surrender in 1945. Commissioned in 1916 and memorialized at Pearl Harbor, the USS Arizona served in Hawaiian waters from 1935 until 1941.

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The USS West Virginia, also at Pearl Harbor in 1941 during the Japanese attack, took six torpedo and two bomb hits during the attack and sank. However, the West Virginia was refloated in 1942 and was part of the last naval battle of World War II. Also recognized among U.S. warships are the USS Nautilus and the USS Enterprise (CVN-65).

The Nautilus was the first nuclear-powered U.S. submarine and the first ship to successfully voyage across the North Pole, a journey that included 96 hours and 1,830 miles of travel under the ice. The Enterprise (CVN-65), one of several famous U.S. warships bearing the name, became the world's first nuclear-powered aircraft carrier in 1960 and is its longest naval vessel. Its predecessor, the USS Enterprise (CV-6), the seventh ship to carry the name, earned 20 battle stars during World War II. Nicknamed the "grey ghost," it was one of the most decorated U.S. warships of World War II.

The oldest of the United States' famous battleships, the fully restored USS Constitution maintains her popularity and remains in active duty in Boston Harbor after taking a final sail under her own power in 1997.

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