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Join Charlie, TODAY's puppy with a purpose, on his exclusive tour of the Intrepid!

by Brooke Sassman / / Source: TODAY

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Ahead of Wednesday's Commander-in-Chief Forum at the Intrepid, Charlie, TODAY's puppy with a purpose, got his paws on access to a special behind-the-scenes tour.

 Charlie paid a special visit to the Intrepid. Samantha Okazaki / TODAY

The Intrepid was launched in 1943 as part of the Essex-class carriers, and served in World War II, the Vietnam War and the Cold War. Today, the vessel is open to the public in the heart of New York City as a museum.

First, Charlie visited the British Aerospace/McDonnell-Douglas AV-8C Harrier jet. Fun fact: This aircraft can both land and take off vertically.

 TODAY's puppy with a purpose, Charlie, got to tour the Intrepid Sea, Air & Space Museum. Samantha Okazaki / TODAY

Next, he put his pilot skills to the test in the Sea Guard, a Coast Guard helicopter! This aircraft is specifically designed for rescue at sea.

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 Charlie got ready for liftoff inside the Sea Guard! Samantha Okazaki / TODAY

But this next stop was even bigger...literally! Charlie was pint-size compared to Enterprise, NASA's first space shuttle.

 NASA's first space shuttle, Enterprise, was initially supposed to be named Constitution. Samantha Okazaki / TODAY

Charlie was a little confused when he spotted giant ropes and anchors in the fo’c’s’le, a place mainly used for maintenance and operation of anchor chains.

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 Charlie posed next to lines that were originally used to tie the ship to piers! Samantha Okazaki / TODAY

It's ruff being a pup...so after a lot of exploring and some impromptu playing, Charlie decided to take a load off inside the Gemini capsule.

 Charlie made his very last stop on his tour of the Intrepid with a look at the Gemini capsule. Samantha Okazaki / TODAY

Tune in to the Commander-in-Chief Forum at 8 p.m. hosted by Matt Lauer.

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