“I wish to have no connection with any ship that does not sail fast; for I intend to go in harm’s way.”
Captain John Paul Jones USN
The US Navy’s Combined Task Force 56 had two fast boats capable of speeds up to 50 MPH and fairly bristling with armament — two remote-controlled 25 mm chain guns and six crew operated .50 caliber machine guns — yet when they blundered into harm’s way both vessels surrendered to a rag–tag collection of bass boats manned by Iranian pirates.
The subsequent capture photos are telling. A handful of US sailors on their knees looking utterly defeated while some scruffy Iranian in a Jiffy Lube jumpsuit shouts orders.
We’ve come a long way since John Paul Jones and the journey hasn’t been edifying.
This humiliating episode could not matter less to the first female occupant of the Oval Office, Barack Obama, but it sends a dangerous message regarding national purpose to the rest of the world and sets a dispiriting example for that portion of the military that still has some pride.
You can plot the curve of the Navy’s decline starting with a recruiting campaign that was evidently aimed at social workers instead of sailors. See what I’m talking about by clicking on the link below.