Senator Asks Military To Step Up Pirate Patrols

By: Associated Press Email
By: Associated Press Email

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Tuesday, May 5, 2009

A U.S. senator says the military should more aggressively protect American cargo ships from piracy instead of responding only after an attack.

Democratic Sen. Frank Lautenberg of New Jersey says the U.S. military has taken what he calls a reactive, alarm-company response to fighting piracy.

Lautenberg chairs a Senate Commerce subcommittee that heard testimony Tuesday on piracy's impact on the maritime industry.

The captain held hostage recently by Somali pirates, Maersk Alabama Capt. Richard Phillips, testified that a multifaceted approach involving improved training is needed. Phillips says having private security on board may be a solution.

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