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The USS Bainbridge, the Navy desroyer which rescued that captain from the Somali pirates, was diverted yesterday to intervene in another pirate attack on another U.S. vessel.

I mention this only to raise that ironic fact that the USS Bainbridge is named after Captain William Bainbridge, who fought against pirates in the First and Second Barbary Wars in the early 19th century, again off the coast of Africa.  (Bainbridge himself was captured and held hostage by pirates at one point).