I am Captain Richard Phillips, whose story inspired the film "Captain Phillips." Ask me almost anything.
Hi, I'm Rich Phillips, I'm a US Merchant Marine and Captain.
I've been sailing for 34 years and through my career I've dealt with many different things, including Somali Pirates (which you may have heard of, thanks to the recent movie). Ask me almost anything
I just want to say thanks for the questions, and I want to remind people of another group of Merchant Marines, the WWII Merchant Marine Vets that still get no recognition but what they did during WWII that not a lot of people realize is that the rate of death was second only to the frontline U.S. Marines division. Many lost their lives supplying the Military in WWII. MacArthur had said that US Merchant marines were the lifeblood during World War II, and this is a group that needs recognition that is sorely due them as they get older and older and up in age. And lastly, a chance to thank the US Military and United States Navy SEALS in particular. They are a great bunch of men and women and we are lucky to have them working for us and ensuring our safety. These were the true heroes of this story and I want to thank reddit and sign off.