U.S. Navy had Supporting Role in 'Captain Phillips'

9:34 PM, Oct 11, 2013   |    comments
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NORFOLK, Va. (AP) - The Navy had an important role to play in the film treatment of the hijacking of a Norfolk-based cargo ship by Somali pirates.

The filmmakers of "Captain Phillips" tell The Virginian-Pilot the Navy courted them to film in waters off Virginia, promising them some big incentives: ships.

A guided-missile cruiser, a frigate and an amphibious assault ship were used in the making of the film in waters off the coast. The location was a closely guarded secret.

The film re-creates the 2009 rescue of Capt. Richard Phillips, who was held hostage by Somali pirates 145 miles off the African coast after the hijacking of the Maersk Alabama. It was the first takeover of an American ship by pirates since the 1800s.

The film starring Tom Hanks opens Friday.


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