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BOSTON - JULY 29: A maintenance crew member working on the sails of the USS Constitution looks over U.S. Navy personnel high up on the mast. (Photo by David L. Ryan/The Boston Globe via Getty Images)
BOSTON - AUGUST 22: In one of it's final turnarounds, the USS Constitution fires it's guns to salute the crowds at Castle Island. The last two turnarounds are August 29, 2014 and October 19, 2014, before the ship spends three years undergoing repairs at a dry dock. (Photo by John Tlumacki/The Boston Globe via Getty Images)
BOSTON - AUGUST 22: Youngsters in a summer camp march along after watching the USS Constitution fire it's guns to salute the crowds at Castle Island. The last two turnarounds are August 29, 2014 and October 19, 2014, before the ship spends three years undergoing repairs at a dry dock. (Photo by John Tlumacki/The Boston Globe via Getty Images)
BOSTON - JULY 4: Spectators on Castle Island waved flags, snapped photos and cheered as the U.S.S Constitution made her annual turnaround cruise in Boston Harbor for the last time for the next three years. Old Ironsides is set to begin a restoration process in 2015 that will take three years to complete. (Photo by Dina Rudick/The Boston Globe via Getty Images)
BOSTON - JULY 4: Spectators on Castle Island waved flags, snapped photos and cheered as the U.S.S Constitution made her annual turnaround cruise in Boston Harbor for the last time for the next three years. Old Ironsides is set to begin a restoration process in 2015 that will take three years to complete. (Photo by Dina Rudick/The Boston Globe via Getty Images)
BOSTON - AUGUST 23: A canon is fired in front of the Coast Guard base. The USS Constitution heads back into Boston Harbor under a cloud-dappled sky after a turnaround. It stopped at Castle Island and the US Coast Guard base in the North End for a canon salute. (Photo by John Tlumacki/The Boston Globe via Getty Images)
BOSTON - JULY 4: The USS Constitution made its way toward Charlestown. In the foreground is a flag on the USCG CGC Escanaba (WMEC 907). The USS Constitution made its 17-gun salute as it passed the US Coast Guard Station in Boston, Mass. on Thursday, July 4, 2013. (Photo by Yoon S. Byun/The Boston Globe via Getty Images)
BOSTON, MA - DECEMBER 31: A general view of the USS Constitution in Charlestown Navy Yard on March 3, 2013 in Charlestown. (Photo by Paul Marotta/Getty Images)
BOSTON, MA - DECEMBER 31: A general view of the USS Constitution in Charlestown Navy Yard on March 3, 2013 in Charlestown. (Photo by Paul Marotta/Getty Images)
BOSTON, MA - DECEMBER 31: A general view of the USS Constitution in Charlestown Navy Yard on March 3, 2013 in Charlestown. (Photo by Paul Marotta/Getty Images)
BOSTON - AUGUST 19: The USS Constitution set sail for the first time since 1997 in Boston Harbor. The short voyage commemorates the USS Constitution's victory over the British frigate HMS Guerriere during the War of 1812. (Photo by Aram Boghosian for The Boston Globe via Getty Images)
BOSTON - AUGUST 19: The USS Constitution set sail for the first time since 1997 in Boston Harbor. The short voyage commemorates the USS Constitution's victory over the British frigate HMS Guerriere during the War of 1812. (Photo by Aram Boghosian for The Boston Globe via Getty Images)
BOSTON - AUGUST 19: The USS Constitution set sail for the first time since 1997 in Boston Harbor. The short voyage commemorates the USS Constitution's victory over the British frigate HMS Guerriere during the War of 1812. Here, the ship fires one of its guns in front of Castle Island. (Photo by Aram Boghosian for The Boston Globe via Getty Images)
BOSTON - OCTOBER 19: The USS Constitution is seen as it approaches Castle Island for a 21 gun salute. (Photo by Kayana Szymczak for The Boston Globe via Getty Images)
BOSTON - AUGUST 19: The USS Constitution set sail for the first time since 1997 in Boston Harbor. The short voyage commemorates the USS Constitution's victory over the British frigate HMS Guerriere during the War of 1812. (Photo by Aram Boghosian for The Boston Globe via Getty Images)
BOSTON - AUGUST 19: The USS Constitution passes through Boston Harbor with open sails for the first time since 1997. The view from Long Island. (Photo by Tamir Kalifa for The Boston Globe via Getty Images)
BOSTON - AUGUST 16: Crew members of the USS Constitution with Chief Petty Officers Select do training exercises using ropes that will hoist sails in preparation for another voyage with sails that will embark this Sunday. (Photo by David L Ryan/The Boston Globe via Getty Images)
BOSTON - JULY 16: Students from Harvard-Kent Elementary School explore the USS Constitution on a tour of the historic warship. Local students are helping the Charlestown Navy Yard develop a prototype smartphone app for young visitors. (Photo by Tamir Kalifa for The Boston Globe via Getty Images)
BOSTON - JULY 16: Rebecca Crawford, Manager of Academic and Family Programs for the USS Constitution, leads students from Harvard-Kent Elementary School on a tour of the USS Constitution. Students from local schools are helping the Charlestown Navy Yard develop a prototype smartphone app for young visitors. (Photo by Tamir Kalifa for The Boston Globe via Getty Images)
BOSTON - AUGUST 19: The USS Constitution passes through Boston Harbor with open sails for the first time since 1997. The view from Long Island. (Photo by Tamir Kalifa for The Boston Globe via Getty Images)
BOSTON - AUGUST 19: The USS Constitution passes through Boston Harbor with open sails for the first time since 1997. The view from Long Island. (Photo by Tamir Kalifa for The Boston Globe via Getty Images)
BOSTON - AUGUST 16: Tracy Walker, Chief Petty Officer Select of the U.S. Navy, left, helps to hoist a sail with crew members of the USS Constitution and Chief Petty Officers Select as they do training exercises with ropes that will hoist sails in preparation for another voyage with sails that will embark this Sunday. (Photo by David L Ryan/The Boston Globe via Getty Images)
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BOSTON (AP) - The world's oldest commissioned warship still afloat has set its sails for the last time before it heads to dry dock for a three-year repair project.

The historic warship the U.S.S. Constitution left its berth at the Charlestown Navy Yard in Boston on Friday morning. It set and struck three topsails and then fired a 21-gun salute off Castle Island in South Boston.

The Constitution will get underway for the final time before the repair job on Oct. 17 but won't set its sails at that time because they will have already been removed.

Constitution crew members have spent the past week training 150 U.S. Navy chief petty officers on sailing techniques utilized aboard Old Ironsides since the 1790s.

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