Tangentially speaking, the captured ship, the Maersk Alabama, was based in Norfolk, Virginia. As such, Gov. Kaine released a statement on the attack. Saith Kaine:
“The news this morning that the Maersk Alabama and its crew of twenty men and women were seized by pirates off the coast of Somalia is a sad and unsettling reminder of the precarious state of safety in the Indian Ocean. My thoughts and prayers are with the crew and their families today as we continue to receive news on this developing story.
“I’m thankful the crew may have been able to regain control of the ship. However the fact that the container ship was seized on waters that have experienced more than 50 other hijackings of a similar nature this year - all but 16 of the ships have safely returned home - calls for continued U.S. and international concern.
“I encourage my fellow Virginians - and Americans from coast to coast - to extend their sympathy and concern to the crewmen and their families in this difficult time.”