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We're probably not too far behind for the oldest AOR's too.  :(
 

cupper

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We're Number One! We're Number One! We're Number One!

Oh. That's not a good thing. :facepalm:
 

Pat in Halifax

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Okay but for navies of developed nations, we still have a ways to go to beat the USN
USS Lexington (CV 16)
Commisioned Feb '43
Decommissioned Nov '91
48+years (mind you she was out of service for a period following WWII)
I actually stumbled on this fact when preparing MRLs for the Iroquois class when I was in Ottawa.
 

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I believe the INS Viraat...formerly HMS Hermes(my old ship) has the record for longest serving
 

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Then there was the USS Michigan. She operated solely on the Great Lakes and was renamed the USS Wolverine in 1905. She was commissioned 29 Sep 1844 and decommissioned 6 May 1912. I came across here while researching the 1866 Fenian incursion into the Niagara Peninsula, as she intercepted and apprehended the Fenians as they attempted to escape to Buffalo.



http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/USS_Michigan_(1843)
 
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USS Constellation (1854)  http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/USS_Constellation_%281854%29

USS Constellation, constructed in 1854, is a sloop-of-war and the second United States Navy ship to carry the name.  Decommissioned in 1933, Constellation was recommissioned as a national symbol in 1940.  Constellation was again decommissioned on 4 February 1955, and stricken from the Naval Vessel Register on 15 August 1955 – about 100 years and two weeks from her first commissioning. 
 

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cupper said:
Isn't HMS Victory still commissioned in the RN?


Yes, and she is the oldest warship in commission, but she, unlike Constitution, is a not afloat.
 

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Peru has a couple old ones:

Cruiser Almirante Grau
Launched: December 19, 1941
Commissioned: November 18, 1953
Still in service
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/BAP_Almirante_Grau_(CLM-81)

Hospital Ship Puno (is apparently powered by a Llama Dung Engine)
Launched: 1872
Commissioned: May 18, 1872
Still in service
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/BAP_Puno_%28ABH-306%29
 
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