I’m trying to think of just how much damage one can do to a Burke-class destroyer or a Ticonderoga-class cruiser with a rocket-propelled grenade, and I keep coming with the same answer: “not much.”
That didn’t keep a bunch of pirates from taking on two US warships in the Indian Ocean, though…
It’s little remembered by the general public, but the US Navy’s first real challenge was against Muslim terrorists in the form of the Barbary Pirates — where we defied Europe’s policy of appeasal and complacency. But the Navy and the Marines remember their roots — “From the halls of Montezuma to the shores of Tripoli” refers not to the Libya of Muammar Quadafi, but those battles in the dawn of the 19th Century.
The Navy remembers all too well.