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Another salute for Commodore Truxtun

April 20, 2009

Commodore Thomas Truxtun, 1755-1822

Commodore Thomas Truxtun, 1755-1822

Our Truxtun Avenue is only one of many things named for Commodore Thomas Truxtun. Truxtun was a successful privateer in the Revolutionary War. He was the first commanding officer of the Independence and often defeated enemy ships despite being outgunned. Later he was named one of the first six captains in the U.S. Navy. He was the first commanding officer of the Constellation and earned an outstanding reputation. In a later war, he captured the French frigate L’Insurgente (1799) and then later defeated La Vengeance (1800). Six ships have been named in this honor including a brigantine, two early destroyers, a high speed transport, a nuclear guided missile destroyer, and an Arleigh Burke class destroyer commissioned in Charleston at the Naval Weapons Station this coming weekend.

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