Somali Pirates Hijacked U.S. Flagged Cargo Ship Maersk Alabama … 21 Americans Aboard


Pirates have hijacked and seized yet another sailing vessel off the eastern coast of Somalia. This is the sixth ship to be seized within the past week. However, this time it was the 17,000-ton, Danish owned, US flagged cargo ship, Maersk Alabama, with 21 Americans aboard.


The Maersk Alabama, operated under the name Maersk Alva, was hijacked off the coast of Somalia early Wednesday

The U.S. Navy confirmed that a U.S. flagged ship with 21 members of crew was hijacked early Wednesday off the eastern coast of Somalia.

Spokesman Lt. Nathan Christensen said the attacked happened in the early hours of the morning hours, about 280 miles (450 kilometers) northeast of Eyl, a town in the northern Puntland region of Somalia

Sources from the U.S. government said the incident happened Wednesday at approximately 7:30 a.m. local time. The ship, Maersk Alabama, was en route to Mombasa, Kenya when it was attacked about 310 miles off the Somalia coast.

No action has been taken so far against the pirates, according to a spokesman for the U.S. military’s 5th Fleet in Bahrain.

“There is a task force present in the region to deter any type of piracy, but the challenge remains that the area is so big and it is hard to monitor all the time,” 5th Fleet spokesman Lt. Nathan Christensen said.

He said U.S.-flagged ships are not normally escorted by the military, unless they request it from the U.S. Navy.

UPDATE I: US ship in stand-off with Somali pirates

A stand-off was developing in the Indian Ocean on Wednesday night after the crew of a US-flagged container ship regained control of their ship from pirates but saw their captain left adrift with the attackers in a lifeboat.

The 20-strong crew of the Maersk Alabama fought back after the vessel was boarded by pirates 350 nautical miles off Somalia’s east coast, in an area that has seen a surge in piracy.

UPDATE II: American Crew Regains Control of Hijacked Ship, One Pirate in Custody

UPDATE III: Numerous updates on situation at Michelle

UPDATE IV: How will Obama deal with Issues of Piracy?

TigerHawk states it is, Testing time: How will President Obama respond to piracy? My guess is Barack Obama will hold a town hall meeting with them and apologize.

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  • Comments

    23 Responses to “Somali Pirates Hijacked U.S. Flagged Cargo Ship Maersk Alabama … 21 Americans Aboard”

    1. nurturer on April 8th, 2009 8:07 am

      When are they finally going to start shooting at these clowns??

    2. SUPER DAVE on April 8th, 2009 9:41 am

      blow samolia off the map and there will be no more worries.

    3. Carpe on April 8th, 2009 10:09 am

      Drop a hydrogen on Somolia and let God sort ‘em out. It would look like someone yelling “fire”
      at a Popeye’s.

      They are governed by nothing, they are nothing.

      Talking will not work. Send Obama to give a speech.

    4. rightknight on April 8th, 2009 10:54 am

      The Muslim Pirates are the BAD Muslims. The GOOD
      Muslims are having one heck of a time weeding
      out the BAD ones from their ranks. The good ones
      may have given up due to all the killings, etc. Percentage
      of bad ones is rising. Pirating by these folks dates
      back to sailing ships days, tradition. Nothing new!
      Something for Nothing is always attractive.

      Enter Barack Obama, and………..?

    5. Stephen Wilson on April 8th, 2009 11:15 am
    6. katablog on April 8th, 2009 12:25 pm

      Ha! the pirates are now in custody and in the drink. Go American crew members!

    7. karen kotsopodis on April 8th, 2009 1:03 pm

      are we tired of this shit happening to our world especialy our amercians who trying to work for there familys please bring peace to our world. what ever it takes please lets stop this bullshit

    8. rossetti on April 8th, 2009 1:59 pm

      send a SEAL team in to kill the bastard

    9. HOPE on April 8th, 2009 4:14 pm

      Our economy has failed…

      Imagine the suffering in countries

      that were, already, poor.

      I pray for the crew’s safe return.


      George W. Bush and Jr. should be court-marshaled!


    10. Susan on April 8th, 2009 5:33 pm

      Newsflash, hopeless…the Bush’s can’t be court-martialed! You have to be on ACTIVE DUTY to be court-martialed, duh…

    11. Susan on April 8th, 2009 5:36 pm

      Seriously though, I agree with # 1, 2, 3, and 8!! Blown the Somalian pirates off the face of the earth and then some…

    12. Michelle Smith on April 8th, 2009 10:06 pm

      #9 Hope

      Have you gone completely mad? How can you possibly blame Bush for this? WOW! There is no end to the liberal lunacy.

    13. HOPE on April 9th, 2009 1:35 am

      Hey, Michelle!

      What ever it is you want to call me,

      my rights are just as sacred as yours.

    14. Dolf on April 9th, 2009 1:41 am

      you can’t blame Bush for this.

    15. HOPE on April 9th, 2009 1:52 am

      They’re rioting in England

      and you’re cheer leading for Alabama

      while people are starving…

      don’t you get it?


    16. HOPE on April 9th, 2009 6:27 am


      Hate to break it to you,

      but Bush was as crooked as they come.

    17. HOPE on April 9th, 2009 6:40 am

      He waited til the END of his last term
      to do the accounting…

      Have a nice day!

    18. nurturer on April 9th, 2009 3:24 pm

      #14 – Dolf, I do think you are finally coming around. Congrats.

      Hope. You’re next!

    19. BUN on April 10th, 2009 8:21 am

      These ships must start being “ARMED TO THE TEETH” so to speak and shoot first and ask question second. When dealing with thugs, this is the only way!!

    20. John on April 11th, 2009 7:48 pm

      The word I have heard it that these pirates have a, “Mother Ship”, close that delivered them and the boats they use to the area. I say, blow the mother ship out of the water and then give the pirates the choice of swimming for it or surrender. They must be stopped before they get more courageous. They are supporting Radical Islam with the money they take as well as line thier own pockets. We have no choice but to stop them now.

    21. John on April 11th, 2009 7:53 pm

      Hey BUN, I agree. Put about 20 Navy Seals on each ship and let them have complete control of the actions needed. After a few lost pirate boats they will decide to change their actions or die trying.

    22. Dolf on April 15th, 2009 5:42 am

      18: not really, but the truth is the truth

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