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US Navy Celebrates 238 Years This Month in Rough Seas

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 Captain Phillips 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.

This article was written by an independent contributor, separate from TheStreet's regular news coverage.

Robert Weinstein is an active trader focusing on the psychological importance of risk mitigation, emotion and financial behavior of market participants. Robert co-founded the investing blog StockSaints, where he writes a journal about his trading activity and experiences.

In addition to TheStreet, Robert also contributes to Real Money Pro, providing real-time trading ideas for stocks, options and futures.

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