Pompey and the Cilician Pirates
Aug 14, 2004
Pompey arrived in his territorial command late in 67 BC with a large contingent of ships. His fleet was so large he was able to split the command between 13 naval legates responsible for various sections of the Mediterranean. 60 ships remained under his direct command, which he used as a mobile task force to flush out pirate activity and drive them into the territorial fleets of his commanders. Within 3 months, Cilician Pirates activity on the western Mediterranean was virtually wiped out, and limited to the far east.