PORTSMOUTH, Va - The USS Bainbridge is on the scene, in the Indian Ocean wherearmed bandits are holding a civilian commercial boat captain. Navalsurveillance aircraft is also in the area, while FBI negotiatorsare working to free Captain Richard Phillips.
Additional U.S. Navy warships are on the way.
Retired Commander Kirk Lippold said that is not a signal theU.S. will fire on the pirates who attacked the Maersk Alabama.
"Just because you have a ship with tremendous combat capability,doesn't mean you won't also have to exercise the ability to havepatience and restraint and discipline so that nobody overreacts, sothat nobody does anything that's going to endanger the captain ofthe Maersk Alabama," Lippold explained during an interview onCNN.
Lippold knows the dangers of foreign waters. He was in charge onthe USS Cole on October 12, 2000. That day terrorists on a smallboat pulled up to the Cole while it was refueling in a Yemeni port.Explosives blew a hole into the destroyer. Seventeen Norfolk-basedsailors died, and dozens more were injured.
As the Alabama makes its way to Kenya, to deliver humanitariansupplies and relieve its crew, the threat of piracy could still belingering in the waters off the coast of Somalia.
Lippold says the current U.S. response will likely diminishimmediate acts of violence from would-be pirates.
"They're going to say, why did you take on an American flaggedvessel? When you target an American ship, you bring the UnitedStates Navy to bare," Lippold said.
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