- Associated Press - Sunday, July 3, 2016

BOSTON (AP) - A Mainer is celebrating the Fourth of July weekend while assigned to the oldest commissioned ship in the U.S. Navy.

Petty Officer 1st Class Patrick Parker is one of the 85 hand-picked sailors who comprise the crew of the USS Constitution, also known as “Old Ironsides,” in Boston.

Crew members routinely interact with people touring the ship, talking about their jobs, Navy rules and regulations, and life aboard a Navy vessel. Parker, who’s from Gorham, Maine, said it’s an honor to mentor and lead junior officers while assigned to the ship at Charleston Navy Yard.

The Constitution, which was launched in 1797, remains open to the public even though it’s currently in dry dock for its first major restoration in more than two decades.

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