The Navy/Marine Corps team has a long and storied past, operating together in everything from ship versus ship combat in the Age of Sail to the mastery of small wars and the amphibious warfare that has become its staple over the past half century. Operationally, many of the successful missions conducted by the Navy/Marine Corps team have involved maritime raiding.
As the Navy welcomes the Marine Corps’ return to the sea in the 21st century following a decade of war ashore, the modern redevelopment of the historic maritime raiding capability is just as vital to the future of the Sea Services as sharpening the dulled skills needed for a full amphibious assault.
Puerto Plata and Our Shared History
An example from the infant nation’s earliest conflict came in 1800, when sailors and Marines from the USS Constitution sailed into Puerto Plata, Dominican Republic, to attack the French privateer Sandwich during the Quasi-War with France. The United States was three years into the conflict, America’s first undeclared war. It was maritime in nature, taking place in the Atlantic Ocean and Caribbean Sea.