Maersk Alabama Crew Repels Suspected Pirate Attack

By Navy Petty Officer 2nd Class Nathan Schaeffer, U.S. Naval Forces Central Command MANAMA, Bahrain, Nov. 18, 2009 – The U.S.-flagged Maersk Alabama’s security team repelled an attack from suspected pirates this morning 560 nautical miles off the northeastern coast of Somalia, U.S. Naval Forces Central Command officials reported.

Adm. Brian Salerno discusses maritime security and piracy

WASHINGTON — One of the Coast Guard’s core responsibilities is maritime safety. This is closely aligned with another core responsibility: maritime security. Ships and mariners cannot be safe if they are not also secure. Nothing illustrates this interwoven nature of safety and security better than the recent events off Somalia involving the Maersk Alabama and Liberty Sun. Each of these U.S. flag...

Congressman Cummings Statement on Seizure of Maersk Alabama

Washington, D.C. — Today, Congressman Elijah E. Cummings (D-Md.), Chairman of the House Subcommittee on Coast Guard and Maritime Transportation, released the following statement in response to the seizure this morning of the U.S.-flagged container ship, Maersk Alabama, which was carrying relief cargo to Kenya for the United Nations; 21 Americans who were on board the ship are currently being held...