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Lifeboat From Pirate Drama On Exhibit In Virginia

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By Matt McCleskey

The lifeboat at the center of an international piracy incident off Somalia in April is now in Virginia, where it will be part of an exhibit opening later this month.

Pirates held Captain Richard Phillips of the commercial vessel Maersk Alabama aboard the lifeboat for several days while they attemted to negotiate with U.S. Navy personnel. The drama ended when Navy Seals aboard the U.S.S. Bainbridge shot and killed three of the pirates and freed the captain unharmed.

Now the small orange lifeboat is in Norfolk for an exhibit on piracy at the Nauticus Maritime Museum. The Virginian Pilot reports that Phillips will be in Norfolk next week to serve as marshal of the city's Grand Illumination Parade. During the visit, he'll also meet with crew members of the Bainbridge, which is based in Norfolk.

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