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Monday, January 23, 2006

Parley! Arrrrrgh!!

The U.S. Navy has caputred one of the most notorious pirate ships to have sailed the seven seas. Or at least around Africa. The vessel, which housed a crew of 16 Indians and 10 Somalis, were chased and seized by the U.S. Missile Destroyer, USS Winston S. Churchill.

The Navy it seems is finally begining to fulfill its role as a "Coast Guard to the World" a decidedly SysAdmin job, as compared to the normal Leviathan force activities it ordinarily undertakes. This is likely going to become the way of things for the navy over the course of DoD transformation, with Carriers and Ballistic Missile subs carrying out most of the heavy-hitting work, and small, agile, long range destroyers along with littoral-focused submarine platforms doing much of the SysAdmin work - anti-pirating, anti drug-trafficking, and general security operations.


  • At 12:31 AM, Anonymous Bekki said…

    I think that it is spelled: parlez, like "parlez vous francais." Yeah, I know, it is pretty pedantic.

  • At 4:13 PM, Blogger Brian said…

    Bekki- Parley is the modern English word. You are right about its French heritage,. To quote Pirates of the Caribbean:

    Pintel: Parley? Damn to the depths whatever man what thought
    of "Parley".
    Jack Sparrow: That would be the French

    Parley comes from Old French parlée, from parler, "to speak," from Medieval Latin parabolare, from Late Latin parabola, "a proverb, a parable, a similitude," from Greek parabole, "a comparison, a placing beside," from paraballein, "to throw beside, hence to compare," from para-, "beside" + ballein, "to throw."

    How's that for way too much info?


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