U.S. Ship attacked by Somali Pirates

It is being described as the “first time in living memory”, that a U.S. flagged ship has been attacked by pirates.

The Maersk Alabama with a cew of 20 Americans was attacked and seized earlier today in the Indian Ocean. The closest “protecting” battleship was 345 miles away at the time.

In a rare turn of events, the crew this time attacked the pirates and regained control of the ship. This is the first report of a crew turning on the pirates and chasing them overboard.

Unfortunately, as they were scuttling overboard, the pirates managed to grab the U.S. Captain and are now holding him hostage on the lifeboat used to make their escape. It will be interesting to see how the U.S. Navy handles the incident. Hopefully the Captain will be released unharmed, but it is bound to change the nature of these all-too-common hijackings we have come to expect in that part of the world.