The aircraft carrier USS Dwight D. Eisenhower (CVN 69), the guided-missile cruiser USS Vella Gulf (CG 72) and the guided-missile destroyer USS Truxtun (DDG 103) transit the Atlantic Ocean with ships from Carrier Strike Group (CSG) 10 and aircraft assigned to Carrier Air Wing (CVW) 3 during a photo exercise to conclude Tailored Ship’s Training Availability (TSTA) and Final Evaluation Problem (FEP) as part of the basic phase of the Optimized Fleet Response Plan. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class Gabriel B. Kotico/Released)


First Success: The USS Constellation and Insurgente, by Derek G.M Gardner

This encounter took place on 9 February 1799 off St. Kitts in the West Indies, during the so- called quasi- war between the United states and France. In squally weather the 38-gun frigate Constellation, Commodore Thomas Truxtun, engaged and captured the French 36-gun Insurgente. The French ship, lacking her main topmast as a consequence of previous weather damage, and outgunned by the Constellation, surrendered after a fierce resistance. This was the first occasion when a ship of the new United States Navy captured a major enemy warship.