The 1804 burning of the captured frigate Philadelphia in Tripoli harbor was an early example of U.S. Navy irregular warfare, and it suggests principles that will be valuable in the irregular warfare that the Navy is likely face in the years to come.
"The Most Daring Act of the Age—Principles for Naval Irregular Warfare,"
Naval War College Review: Vol. 63
, Article 11.
Available at: http://digital-commons.usnwc.edu/nwc-review/vol63/iss4/11