Sunday, April 26, 2009

Thoughts on Pirates...

I was off the coast of Somalia last year involved in some anti-piracy operations... if they can be called that.

My thoughts on the current situation?

When seconds count, the Navy is only hours away. Maybe it's time to start arming our merchants.

Presley O'Bannon, Stephen Decatur, and William Bainbridge must be spinning in their graves. Does anyone remember what "...to the shores of Tripoli" meant?

2 comments:

Chrysalis Angel said...

Didn't it have to do with the Battle of Derne?

DocV said...

We have a winner! During the combined operations with the U.S. Navy in the First Barbary War(Barbary Pirates), he led the successful attack in the Battle of Derna April 27, 1805, giving the Marines' Hymn its immortal “to the shores of Tripoli”.