The Navy League’s SeaPower magazine last month featured an interview with Captain Richard Phillips of Maersk Alabama fame. The following is a preview of the interview:
Captain Richard Phillips, master of the Maersk Alabama, was thrust into the international spotlight when four pirates attacked his ship in the Indian Ocean off Somalia on April 8. The Maersk Alabama crew of 19 thwarted a takeover, but the pirates took Phillips hostage on a lifeboat. He was rescued April 12 by a team of Navy SEALs and the USS Bainbridge.
A graduate of Massachusetts Maritime Academy in Buzzards Bay, Phillips has spent the last 20 years at sea.
“It’s a different life and not everybody can do it.” he says. “I guess I’ve been a rarity. I’ve always gone to sea.” And despite the events leading up to his rescue by those he calls “the real heroes of this story” Phillips plans to continue doing what he loves.
You can find the entire interview online via THIS LINK.