BOSTON – Lexington Park, Maryland, native Yeoman 3rd Class Durrell Brooks was promoted to the rank of third class petty officer aboard the USS Constitution on September 30.
Being promoted to a higher rank brings greater leadership responsibility and authority.
“Nothing is impossible. The word itself says possible!” said Brooks.
Brooks has served in the Navy for one year, and USS Constitution is his first duty station.
Brooks is a 2020 graduate of Great Mills High School.
Duty aboard USS Constitution is one of the Navy’s special programs. All prospective crewmembers must meet a high standard of sustained excellence and interview to be selected for the assignment.
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 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 and maritime heritage and raising awareness of the importance of a sustained naval presence.
USS Constitution was undefeated in battle and captured or destroyed 33 enemy vessels.
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.