Thursday, April 9, 2009
The Maersk Alabama container ship which was hijacked by Somali pirates. The ship's crew which was ferrying food to African refugees battled against the pirates, pleading for the return of their captive captain and desperately holding out for military
A photo from the US Navy shows suspected pirates who have been told to keep their hands in the air
FBI hostage negotiators joined U.S. Navy efforts Thursday to free an American ship captain held captive on a lifeboat by Somali pirates. A U.S. destroyer and a spy plane kept close watch in the high-seas standoff near the Horn of Africa. The USS Bainbridge arrived near the Maersk Alabama and the lifeboat with the pirates, he said. "It's on the scene at this point," adding that the lifeboat holding the pirates and the captain is out of fuel. The Bainbridge was among several U.S. ships that had been patrolling in the region when the 17,000-ton Maersk Alabama was captured by the pirates. Somali Foreign Minister Mohamed Omaar said the pirates "cannot win" against American forces. "The pirates are playing with fire and have got themselves into a situation where they have to extricate themselves because there is no way they can win..
USA.. USA... USA!!!!! Man I am proud to be an American.