Bonhomme Richard will be the target for retiring sub

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THE U.S. NAVY PLANS TO USE ITS only research submarine to help a local foundation find the wreck of John Paul Jones' Revolutionary War ship the Bonhomme Richard.

It was Sept. 23, 1779, and cannonballs from the HMS Serapis had shredded the hull of the Bonhomme Richard.

Jones was in command of a burning, sinking ship. Half of his crew members were dead or wounded.

His adversary shouted to him, asking if he would surrender.

It was then that Jones is said to have uttered one of the most famous lines in U.S. history.

"I have not yet begun to fight!" he yelled back to the British captain.

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