Sunday, April 12, 2009
Thank God for the US Navy and The Honorable Navy Seals
Thank God for the US Navy and the Honorable Navy Seals
American sea Captain Richard Phillips was safely rescued Sunday from four Somali pirates, who had been holding him for days in a lifeboat off the coast of Africa, a U.S. intelligence official said.
Three of the pirates were killed and one was in custody after what appeared to be a swift firefight off the Somali coast, the official said.
Initial reports indicate Phillips jumped overboard for a second time and the military was able to take advantage of the situation.
Phillips, 53, of Underhill, Vt., was transported to the USS Bainbridge nearby. He is resting comfortably after a checkup, the Navy said.
"Andrea and Richard have spoken and you can imagine their joy and what a happy moment it was for them," family spokeswoman Alison McColl said outside the Phillips' house.
McColl said Andrea wanted to thank the world for their prayer and wishes for her husband's safe return.
Thank God someone finally had the American “GUTS” to do something.
Let’s take advantage of a good “Crisis” Right?
If it were up to me I wouldn't have allowed this to carry on for one day little lone (4) We must not all this Somalian Scum to take American people hostage. **NOTE EVER!!** Ronald Reagan wouldn't of ever allowed this kind of thing, and President "Ohbama" had better buckle in for the long run on this.
We need to beef up American presents in this area, and let this Ransom seeking scum know that we mean business.
"The ships crew, placed an American flag over the rail of the top of the Maersk Alabama and whistled and pumped their fists in the air. Crew fired a bright red flare into the sky from the ship"
American need more absolute hero's such as "U.S. Navy Cmdr. Frank Castellano "
Believe you me "HE" didn't need Oh Bama's permission to do as he did. He lives his life by the Honor and dignity of the US Navy!!!!!
He had one of the scumbags aboard his boat, 1 down 3 to go, He gave the order to the Seal Team, and they followed through on the success of an American recovery team.
This indeed gives me the greatest pride in being an American citizen!
We should invade that country by sea with the masses and overtake the entire crime lined country and make hay while the sun shines there.
Then and only then would these types of actions stop in that part of the world.
"Fire Hot" "Fire Burn" They must be taught not to mess with the United States
and WE shouldnt give a dam what the UN thinks...Because who cares!
WE Must Protect all Legal Citizens of OUR United States of America.
Thomas Jefferson did not negotiate with pirates, “…it will be more easy to raise ships and men to fight these pirates into reason, than money to bribe them.” is what He said
The Barbary pirates bravado became their demise — something the Somalis might keep in mind. The Barbary pirates were finally brought to their knees by their encounters with the Americans, and by the French invasion of Algiers in 1830.
Thomas Jefferson Quotes
If ignorance is bliss, why aren't more people happy?
That government is best which governs least.
When governments fear people, there is liberty. When the people fear the government, there is tyranny.
The man who fears no truth has nothing to fear from lies.
He who knows nothing is closer to the truth than he whose mind is filled with falsehoods and errors.
MANAMA, Bahrain (CNN) -- U.S. Navy snipers fatally shot three pirates holding an American cargo-ship captain hostage after seeing that one of the pirates "had an AK-47 leveled at the captain's back," a military official said Sunday.
Capt. Richard Phillips, right, stands with U.S. Navy Cmdr. Frank Castellano after Phillips' rescue Sunday.
1 of 3 The captain, who'd been held in a lifeboat in the Indian Ocean since Wednesday, was rescued uninjured, Navy Vice Adm. Bill Gortney told reporters.
Capt. Richard Phillips' ship, the Maersk Alabama, was stormed by pirates 300 miles off Somalia on Wednesday morning. He was "resting comfortably" on the USS Boxer after his rescue Sunday night, according to the Navy.
Phillips contacted his family and received a routine medical exam after his rescue at 7:19 p.m. (12:19 p.m. ET), the Navy Central Command said.
"The captain is in good health. He's showered up and in a clean set of clothes," Gortney said in a telephone news conference from Navy Central Command in Bahrain.
U.S. forces moved to rescue Phillips after seeing him in imminent danger on the lifeboat, Gortney said. A fourth pirate was negotiating Phillips' fate aboard the nearby USS Bainbridge.
"While working through the negotiations process tonight, the on-scene commander from the Bainbridge made the decision that the captain's life was in immediate danger, and the three pirates were killed," Gortney said. "The pirate who surrendered earlier today is being treated humanely; his counterparts who continued to fight paid with their lives."
The three pirates, who were armed with AK-47 rifles, were killed by shooters who were aboard the Bainbridge,
The fourth pirate was aboard the Bainbridge most of the day and told military negotiators that he wasn't going back to the other pirates, according to a defense official with knowledge of the situation.
It's the first time in modern history that the United States has in custody a pirate who carried out an attack on a U.S. citizen, said a senior U.S. official with knowledge of the situation. The source said figuring out what to do with the pirate is a sensitive issue.
Phillips' rescue came a day after he dove into the water in an attempt to escape his captors, Gortney said. The pirates "shot in the water at him" but eventually recaptured him without injuring him, Gortney said.
Maersk Line Limited President and CEO John Reinhart called Phillips "a leader of men ... [and] a brave and courageous man."
He said he has spoken with Phillips and said the captain is "feeling quite good."
Phillips and his family, through Reinhart, expressed gratitude to the U.S. Navy.
"I actually was more concerned for his family," said Adm. Rick Gurnon, head of the Massachusetts Maritime Academy, where Phillips had trained. "As a captain in sea, in a lifeboat, he was comfortable -- even if he was sharing it with Somali pirates."
Gurnon stressed that while Phillips was rescued, more than 200 mariners remain captives at sea.
"The pirates have a great business model that works for them: See ships, take ransom, make millions," he told reporters.
At the White House, President Obama issued a statement saying he is "very pleased that Capt. Phillips has been rescued and is safely on board the USS Boxer."
I ask that all citizens of this country pull together and write your congress and other government people and ask that they beef up our US Navy presence in that area of the world. and I ask the young people of today to sign up for some type of military service to help and provide us a well and secure country.
OUR Forefather would be proud of what was accomplished today.
Thanks Vance Keaton