Navy SEALs undergo tough training designed to mimic dangerous situations U.S. Special Forces encounter. Most sailors, however, experience training scenarios in very controlled environments unlike what they likely would face in battle.
On 19 August 1812, the 456-man crew of the 56-gun frigate USS Constitution tasted victory as the British frigate Guerriere struck her colors. This was the first time a British ship had struck her colors to a U.S. ship. And it was a “baptism of fire” that played a vital role in elevating the fledgling U.S. Navy to its current level of global renown.