NORFOLK, Va. - The shipping captain held hostage by Somali pirates will returnto the U.S. with his crew on Wednesday.
Maersk Line Limited said Tuesday that Captain Richard Phillipsand the crew of the Maersk Alabama are expected to arrive atAndrews Air Force Base in Maryland late Wednesday. They are takinga chartered flight from Mombasa, Kenya.
Pirates took over the boat briefly last week before Phillipssurrendered himself in exchange for the safety of his 19-membercrew. Phillips was taken hostage on a lifeboat for days before NavySEALs killed the pirates and rescued the captain on Sunday.
Phillips and crew will be reunited with loved ones at AndrewsAir Force Base in a private reception area.
Maersk Line, Limited is based in Norfolk, Va. The companyprovides U.S. flag transportation, ship management and technicalservices to government and commercial customers.
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