- The Washington Times - Wednesday, April 15, 2009

MOMBASA, KENYA (AP) - The crew of the U.S. freighter that thwarted a pirate attack is at Mombasa airport preparing to return home, and Maersk shipping line says they won’t be reuniting in Kenya with their freed skipper.

Maersk spokesman Gordon van Hook says Capt. Richard Phillips is aboard the USS Bainbridge. The destroyer diverted Tuesday to try to help a second U.S. vessel under attack by pirates.

U.S. Navy sharpshooters on the Bainbridge killed three pirates Sunday to free Phillips from a drifting lifeboat on which he had been held for five days.

Phillips had been scheduled to reunite in Mombasa Wednesday with his crew and then fly home with them. Van Hook said the reunion will take place in the U.S.

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