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Old 04-08-2009, 12:06 PM
 
Location: hinesburg, vt
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Default Kudos to Vermont Captain

Seems the captain of the Maersk cargo ship, American flagged and crewed by 20+ US personnel, is from Underhill, Vt. For those following the news this vessel was overtaken by Somali pirates 400 miles off shore and the crew has regained control of the ship. Unbelievable that while operating in one of the most critical shipping lanes in the world this vessel carries no ability to repel attacks despite the ongoing history of hostilities in the region with frequent incidents of vessels being taken for ransom. Even more unbelievable is that that the US Navy claims to be several days away from reaching this vessel operating in a known region of pirate attacks. Good job Captain Richard Phillips.Maybe Obama, Biden, and Gates will take this as a wakeup call to refocus our assets to protect vital shipping and safeguard our seaborne assets and lives.
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Old 04-08-2009, 12:19 PM
 
Location: Western views of Mansfield/Camels Hump!
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msnbc.com is reporting that the captain is still being held hostage....
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Old 04-08-2009, 12:27 PM
 
Location: hinesburg, vt
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I sure hope things work out. An earlier report indicated they regained control of the ship and even had custody of one of the pirates. After this I sure hope we dedicate the assets to secure our flagged vessels and crew while operating in the region. Bad enough we are escalating a war in landlocked country with already very risky land resupply routes, but if we cannot control the sea lanes of the region then we will be in serious trouble.
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Old 04-08-2009, 03:08 PM
 
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As an old Maersk employee, we have a very good private security force that is on par with elite military forces. I certainly hope he lives to see another day.
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Old 04-08-2009, 04:40 PM
 
Location: Vermont, grew up in Colorado and California
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Very sad and scary indeed!
My heart and best wishes goes out to the Family.
Too bad some news channels thought gay marriages were more important than this.
Sad commentary all about money I guess.
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Old 04-09-2009, 08:38 AM
 
Location: hinesburg, vt
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Very sad and scary indeed!
My heart and best wishes goes out to the Family.
Too bad some news channels thought gay marriages were more important than this.
Sad commentary all about money I guess.
So far it's looking OK for Capt Phillips. He from accounts by his family is a unique guy with good wits and a strong sense of humor which goes a long way in dealing with adversity. Regarding the media, well Americans are being fed a diet of visual and mental garbage 24/7. We put more emphasis on what certain people wear or they perform on American Idol, etc, etc.
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Old 04-10-2009, 02:34 PM
 
Location: Caribbean
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Thumbs up Sure hope Captain Phillips is rescued

I'm a captain too, and a native Vermonter, and have spent time in Venezuela. Sometimes it can get a bit hairy.

How our new government reacts to this and similar incidents will be defining moments. I have more faith in the captain than our government, unfortunately.

Again, best of luck, captain!
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Old 04-12-2009, 12:35 PM
 
Location: Vermont, grew up in Colorado and California
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Such awesome news!

Captain jumps overboard, SEALs shoot pirates, official says - CNN.com
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Old 04-12-2009, 12:46 PM
 
Location: Rutland, VT
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WHEW! I've been checking this story every time I walk by my computer. What a relief. His wife and family must just be overwhelmed with joy and relief. Captain Phillips' heroism, good judgment, and safe release have put Underhill on the map in a wonderful way.
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Old 04-12-2009, 01:12 PM
 
Location: Vermont
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What a memorable Easter for his family!
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