CHARLESTOWN, Mass. -- Cmdr. Sean Kearns, a native of Hampden, Maine, assumed command of USS Constitution, the world's oldest commissioned warship afloat, during a change of command ceremony aboard the ship in Charlestown Navy Yard July 26.
Kearns became Constitution's 73rd commanding officer after relieving the ship's 72nd Commanding Officer, Cmdr. Matt Bonner, in a time-honored U.S. Navy tradition expected to drawn more than 200 guests.
The ceremony commence at 10 a.m. and lasted approximately one hour. The ship and its pier side perimeter were closed for public tours from 10 a.m. to approximately 1 p.m. Tours of Constitution began thereafter until 6 p.m.
Director, Navy Staff, Vice Adm. Richard Hunt, Constitution's parent commander, served as the ceremony's keynote speaker.
Kearns, raised in Hampden, Maine, recently completed a tour at the Surface Warfare Officers School Command in Newport, R.I. as the director of Fleet Enlisted Engineering Training for the Navy. He is an alumnus of Boston University and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, as was commissioned as a U.S. Navy ensign aboard USS Constitution in 1994.
Bonner, a Meredith, N.H. native and graduate of the Citadel, The Military College of South Carolina, will go on to his next assignment on the Joint Staff located at the Pentagon in Washington, D.C.
USS Constitution, the world's oldest commissioned warship afloat, actively defended sea lanes against global threats from 1797 to 1855. Now a featured attraction on Boston's Freedom Trail, Constitution and her crew of U.S. Navy Sailors offer community outreach and education about the ship's history to more than 500,000 visitors each year.
LT Jane E. Hoffman
Band Outreach/Support Officer
Navy Office of Community Outreach
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