Local Sailor Part of USS Constitution


A 2016 Verdugo Hills High School graduate and Tujunga native celebrated America’s 242nd year of independence as part of a hand-picked Navy crew serving on the world’s oldest commissioned warship afloat, the USS Constitution.

Seaman Sydney Donovan, an operations specialist, serves aboard the 220-year-old Boston-based ship named by President George Washington to honor the Constitution of the United States of America. Famously known as “Old Ironsides,” the Constitution is a wooden-hulled three-masted heavy frigate that originally launched in 1797.

Donovan said she is honored to have been selected to serve on the ship that is rich in history and successfully held off the British Navy in the War of 1812.

“Serving onboard the USS Constitution means I am on the oldest ship in the world and I get to share this with the public,” said Donovan.

Now a featured destination on Boston’s Freedom Trail, Constitution and crew offer community outreach and education about the ship’s history and the importance of maintaining a strong Navy to hundreds of thousands of visitors each year.

Seventy-seven sailors make up the crew aboard Constitution. These sailors routinely interact with the public talking about their jobs, their previous duty stations, Navy rules and regulations and life aboard a Navy vessel.

“I work in the repair division, build things from the Constitution wood and create gifts for sailors and provide tours to the public emphasizing what she stands for our nation,” said Donovan.

USS Constitution, America’s Ship of State, actively defended sea lanes against global threats from 1797-1855. The World’s Oldest Commissioned Warship Afloat, Constitution embodies 220 years of maritime heritage and unwavering service to her country. Now a featured destination on Boston’s Freedom Trail, Constitution and her crew of active duty U.S. Navy sailors offer community outreach and education about the ship’s history and the importance of naval sea power to more than 500,000 visitors each year.