Old Ironsides

The United States's oldest commissioned warship is afloat again after two years of drydock repairs.


MikeD said...

The only active US Navy vessel to have sunk an enemy warship in battle.

raven said...

She was built to engage Islamic pirates. This war has been going on for a long time. It is interesting to read old texts, journals etc. on the encounters of the west with Islamic pirates- the verbiage could be extracted and used today, with the highlights being the total superiority complex and belief that Islam justifies any actions against the "other"..

"The Travels of Reverend Olafur Eiglsson" is a good account of the attitudes the kidnapped faced. (Islamic Pirate raid on Iceland, 1627).

english translation