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History and Heritage

The Face of the Navy - Sailors of the USS Constitution Part 3

Gunner's Mate 2nd Class Randall King

Ready. Aim. Fire.

That part hasn't changed in more than 216 years of Navy weaponry.

Gunner's Mate 2nd Class Randall King knows all about it, then and now. As a Sailor aboard USS Constitution, the US Navy's oldest commissioned ship, he gets a chance to live in history every day. Once a Sailor with a Riverine squadron, King now aims to educate the public about USS Constitution and the history of the US Navy.

Part tour guide, part gunner and part leader to a crew half-filled with recent boot camp graduates, King lives part of his life in history and part of it preparing young Sailors for their future in the most advanced Navy in the world. He does it on the decks of the oldest warship afloat.

Watch the video to see how GM2 handles the challenge of going back in time.


Duty on board USS Constitution requires a special-duty package. For information about how you can become a member of the crew, contact your command career counselor.

Part One of this series can be found HERE.

Part Two of this series can be found HERE