WASHINGTON (AP) - The American merchant marine captain rescued
from pirates earlier this month goes before a Senate panel today.
Captain Richard Phillips, who was held hostage for five days
after pirates tried to hijack the Maersk Alabama, will testify
before the Senate Foreign Relations committee.
The panel scheduled a hearing on the growing threat of piracy
off the coast of Somalia before the Navy rescued Phillips.
Sharpshooters killed three of his captors.
Among the solutions that have been mentioned are arming crews
and putting the military on merchant ships. Phillips is certain to
be asked his views on how best to protect cargo ships.