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White House Monitors Somali Pirate Attack on U.S.-Flagged Ship, American Crew-Somali Pirates Seize 20 Americans

 
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The U.S. Navy ordered its ships to the scene of a hijacking off the coast of Somalia Wednesday after pirates commandeered a U.S.-flagged cargo ship crewed by 20 U.S. citizens.

Officials would not say how many Navy ships are on the scene nor would it confirm the nationality of the crew members, but sources told FOX News the Danish-owned ship is operated by U.S. shipping company, Maersk Line Limited.

Pentagon Spokesman Bryan Whitman said he has "no information to suggest the 20 crew members of the Maersk Alabama have been harmed by the pirates."

The Department of Defense has taken the lead on information-gathering. Whitman declined to comment when asked if military action would be taken.

Press Secretary Robert Gibbs said the White House is "closely monitoring the apparent hijacking of the U.S.-flagged ship in the Indian Ocean and assessing a course of action to resolve this situation."

"Our top priority is the personal safety of the crew members on board," Gibbs said in a written statement.

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The 17,000-ton Maersk Alabama was carrying emergency relief to Mombasa, Kenya, at the time it was hijacked, said Peter Beck-Bang, spokesman for the Copenhagen-based container shipping group A.P. Moller-Maersk. A Kenya-based diplomat identified the crew as American, but Navy Spokesman Lt. Nathan Christensen declined to release details until family members of the crew are notified.

Just last week, A. P. Moller-Mærsk Group sold eight containerships to Maersk Line Limited to be run under a U.S. flag. The U.S. company also recently replaced eight older units flying U.S. flags, including the Maersk Alabama.

Flying under a U.S. flag means the ships are bound by U.S. law maritime regulations and can travel directly from U.S. port to U.S. port.

Christensen said the attack happened in the early hours of the morning, about 280 miles northeast of Eyl, a town in the northern Puntland region of Somalia. Andrew Mwangura of the East African Seafarers' Assistance Program said the ship was taken about 400 miles from the Somali capital, Mogadishu.

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Just a day earlier, the Navy's 5th fleet warned "merchant mariners should be increasingly vigilant" when operating off the coast of Somalia.

"The area the ship was taken in, is not where the focus of our ships has been," Christensen told The Associated Press in a phone call from the 5th Fleet's Mideast headquarters in Bahrain.

"The area we're patrolling is more than a million miles in size. Our ships cannot be everywhere at every time," Christensen said.

Maersk does business with the U.S. Department of Defense, but Christensen said the vessel was not working under a Pentagon contract when hijacked.

"Our initial concern is to ensure proper support of the crew and assistance to their families," Maersk said in a statement.

The vessel is the sixth to be seized within a week and the first with an all-American crew.

At least 12 of the Americans aboard the Maersk Alabama are members of the Seafarers International Union, spokesman Jordan Biscardo said. The union is trying to get as much information on the situation as it can, he said.

"It goes without saying we're deeply concerned and we're closely monitoring the story," Biscardo said.

Biscardo would not immediately release the names of the union members aboard the vessel. The Seafarers International Union represents unlicensed United States merchant mariners sailing aboard U.S.-flag vessels.

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Got the feeling this will not end well for Murphy.
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#1 why isn't a pirate story still pinned.., it's ongoing news
Anyway, one thing will stop all this shit dead in the water. Arm these ships. Keep watch very carefully when sailing around Africa and when one small boat approaches, shoot the fucker out of the water. I don't give a fuck about any insurance matters. A few rowboats blown out of the water will cut all this shit down and things will become safe again.
Shoot to kill. Let God sort 'em out
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#1 why isn't a pirate story still pinned.., it's ongoing news
Anyway, one thing will stop all this shit dead in the water. Arm these ships. Keep watch very carefully when sailing around Africa and when one small boat approaches, shoot the fucker out of the water. I don't give a fuck about any insurance matters. A few rowboats blown out of the water will cut all this shit down and things will become safe again.
Shoot to kill. Let God sort 'em out
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Its well known here that they no longer pin my post here unless trinity does it it wont happen
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That's fucking ignorant. An important on-going story like this needs pinning regardless of who writes it. You posted this update before anyone else this am. Mods, post it. Thank you
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#1 why isn't a pirate story still pinned.., it's ongoing news
Anyway, one thing will stop all this shit dead in the water. Arm these ships. Keep watch very carefully when sailing around Africa and when one small boat approaches, shoot the fucker out of the water. I don't give a fuck about any insurance matters. A few rowboats blown out of the water will cut all this shit down and things will become safe again.
Shoot to kill. Let God sort 'em out


Its well known here that they no longer pin my post here unless trinity does it it wont happen
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In my paper this morning it mentioned that the American's (by grabbing one of the pirates) were able to renogotiate the terms and got there ship back....minus one member...the Captain who agreed to stay as their hostage.
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That's fucking ignorant. An important on-going story like this needs pinning regardless of who writes it. You posted this update before anyone else this am. Mods, post it. Thank you
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u can go ahead and repost it if u wish, maybe it will get pinned then
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this topic is well deserving of a pinned discussion
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declare war
on somalia and these misfit
pirates
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this topic is well deserving of a pinned discussion
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As i said feel free to repost it as the ac that you are and it will prolly be pinned then.
I dont mind at all so please feel free to do so.
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Re: White House Monitors Somali Pirate Attack on U.S.-Flagged Ship, American Crew-Somali Pirates Seize 20 Americans
Blossom Goodchild was on to something with "Alabama"?





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