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Re: I saw the USS Constitution under sail!
She is a commissioned navy ship because FDR gave her a Permanent Commission. They take her out yearly and re-dock her facing in the opposite direction, but that is done to keep the paint and rigging from weathering unevenly.
The Commission really means nothing other than that the US President Assigned a Captain to the ship and gave them orders. The Constitution's orders are to promote the Navy and America's naval heritage.