The USS Constitution is a notable Navy ship in U.S. history as it was one of the six frigates commissioned by President George Washington in the Naval Armament Act in 1794 to be a new fleet to protect U.S. interests abroad. This ship was dominant in the Quasi War with France, the Barbary Wars and the War of 1812, according to Naval History and Heritage Command. The USS Bullhead is another notable ship, and was the last Navy ship to be sunk by the enemy during World War II, taken down the same day the first atomic bomb was dropped on Hiroshima on August 6, 1945. Continue Reading
The USS Pueblo was captured by North Korea in 1968 and taken to the port of Wonsan, where its U.S. crew was forced to pose for propaganda photos. The crew raised their middle fingers in the pictures, telling the North Koreans that it was a Hawaiian symbol for good luck.
The USS Magpie, USS Pirate, USS Pledge, USS Sarsi and USS Partridge are all Navy ships that encountered Korean mines during the Korean conflict in the 1950s. The USS Liberty is another important historical Navy ship that was attacked on June 8, 1967, by Israel Defense Forces resulting in 34 dead crewmen and another 171 injured, according to the U.S. Naval Institute.Learn more about Modern History