Bainbridge and the Pirates

Bainbridge and the Pirates

Interesting story from Jake Tapper of ABC News on the man the USS Bainbridge was named for: Commodore William Bainbridge, one of the fathers of the U.S. Navy.

Although he gained his greatest fame in the War of 1812, Bainbridge had plenty of experience fighting the Barbary pirates of North Africa in both U.S. wars against them (1801-1805 and 1815-1816). He was in fact captured and held prisoner for 19 months in Tripoli.

The USS Bainbridge — the fifth ship to bear his name — is the Navy destroyer currently negotiating with the Somali pirates who captured the captain of the Maersk Alabama, Richard Phillips.