U.S. Attorneys have an incredibly high batting average, and charges almost always result in a conviction. In light of a high-ranking officer's career being on the line, I imagine an even greater amount of confidence was required by prosecutors before the decision to pull the trigger was made.
This month, the Navy celebrates 238 years since the original Continental Navy sailed and fired cannons at His Majesty's Ships. After the Revolutionary War ended, the U.S. decommissioned and sold the few Navy ships in service, and it took almost 10 years and losses from piracy to bring the Navy out of retirement.
The piracy response included three wooden-hulled frigates. Amazingly, one of original ships, the USS Constitution remains in active duty to this day. The movie
is a reminder the more things change, the more they stay the same. In 212 years since the U.S.-flagged ships sailed to halt piracy, the officers and sailors continue to protect our nation's interests.
Because of their dedication, we can focus on celebrating the Navy's birthday even with an occasional stormy sky. I'm sure it will be "haze gray and underway" for another 238 years.
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