The USS Bainbridge is at the scene of the piracy of the Maersk Alabama and the holding of her captain, Capt Richard Phillips, by Muslim Pirates of Africa.
The USS Bainbridge is named for Commodore William Bainbridge (1774-1833). Bainbridge distinguished himself in both Barbary Wars - wars against the Muslim Pirates of Africa and in the War of 1812 as the captain of the USS Constitution.
The story of William Bainbridge is that of great adventure and many of the great moments in US Naval history.
Is it a moment of irony or destiny that brings the name Bainbridge into the modern chapter of piracy upon US ships? If nothing else, I hope his successes are repeated here.