April 2009
Military History;Apr/May2009, Vol. 26 Issue 1, p14
The article recalls the dealings of the U.S. Navy with Barbary pirates in the Mediterranean which are similar to the efforts of the U.S. 5th Fleet in Bahrain to head an international naval force to address piracy off the Somali coast in 2009. The construction of six frigates was ordered by Congress in March 1794 in response to the looting of a dozen U.S. ships. The nascent fleet was sent by President Thomas Jefferson in 1801 when Tripoli declared war. Also noted is the significant role of the Marines during the First Barbary War.


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