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Sep 23

“They Considered Our Squadrons as One.”

Thursday, September 23, 2010 12:01 AM


Cooperation with coalition partners in the protection of the sea lanes is nothing new to the Navy. We were practicing such cooperation from the early days of our history. During 1823, for example, the United States Navy’s West Indies Squadron, under command of Commodore David Porter, and the Royal Navy squadron, under command of Sir Edward W. C. R. Owen, worked harmoniously together to put down piracies along the coast of the island of Cuba. The two squadrons exchanged recognition signals to prevent misidentifications and avoid unnecessary sea chases. They gave each other intelligence about pirate activity. They loaned each… Read the rest of this entry »