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USS Alfred - The first battleship ever owned by the United States of America, commissioned at Philadelphia, PA, December 23, 1775. Lt. John Paul Jones commanding. He received her into the Navy on December 3 by hoisting the "Grand Union Flag," the first "Flag of America," as Jones called it, at her mast-head. Taken at the time Admiral Esex Hopkins the first and only Commander-in-Chief the Navy ever had, took command of the fleet of six war vessels.
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