Museum hosts opportunity to meet Constitution commanding officers

USS Constitution’s incoming commanding officer, Cmdr. Billie J. Farrell, a Paducah native, poses for a photo onboard the ship.

The USS Constitution Museum is honoring the outgoing commander of the ship, Cmdr. John A. Benda, and the incoming commander, Cmdr. Billie J. Farrell, in a virtual event on Zoom Wednesday at noon.

Farrell, who will be the 77th commanding officer of the ship, is a Paducah native, and is the first woman to be named the commanding officer of the USS Constitution. Farrell will take command of the ship in a ceremony on Friday.

During the Zoom event, participants will hear from both Benda and Farrell about what it means to be a commanding officer of the oldest commissioned warship in the world still afloat. The two will also discuss future plans for the ship.

The event is free to the public, but registration is required. A link to register for the event is available at

At the registration link, people can also submit questions and share well-wishes for Benda and Farrell.

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