Savannah Native Selected to Serve Aboard Oldest Commissioned Warship

Tasheyana Harden
Tasheyana Harden

U.S. Navy Airman Tasheyana Harden, a native of Savannah, Georgia, checked aboard USS Constitution, Jan. 5.

Duty aboard 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. “The only way to make sense out of change is to plunge into it, move with it, and join the dance,” said Harden.

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.

Harden, a 2017 graduate of Luella High School, has served in the Navy for three months and USS Constitution is her first duty station.

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 ship earned the nickname of Old Ironsides during the war of 1812 after British cannonballs were seen bouncing off the ship’s wooden hull.

USS Constitution was undefeated in battle and captured or destroyed 33 enemy vessels.

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