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Published - Apr 14 2009 11:51AM EST
Somali pirates captured four more ships and took more than 60 crew members hostage in a brazen hijacking spree, while the American captain who escaped their grip planned to reunite with his crew and fly home Wednesday to the United States.
Capt. Richard Phillips of the Maersk Alabama has been hailed as a hero for offering himself up as a hostage to save his crew. In a dramatic rescue, U.S. Navy SEALs shot three pirates dead Sunday night to free Phillips after a five-day standoff.
Phillips and his 19-man crew will reunite in the Kenyan port of Mombasa on Wednesday and fly from there to Andrews Air Force Base in Maryland on a chartered flight, according to the shipping company Maersk. They will be reunited with loved ones at Andrews in a private reception area.