Apparently, the American reputation for disproportionate reprisal (which *all* reprisals should be) just isn't what it used to be...
Somali Pirates hijack the Maersk Alabama, U.S. flagged with 20 American nationals on the crew.
That link takes you to EagleSpeak for the report, U.S. Navy statement, and some assessment.
One other report cites there being 21 crew.
Bet there is some serious "can we get authorization to try?" going on aboard the ships of the Boxer Expeditionary Strike Group right now.
It seems the tables have turned on the pirates.
FOXNews is now reporting that the crew has regained control of the vessel and one pirate is in custody.
Reports (various) say that indeed the general crew is safe, and one pirate captured, but that a group of the pirates (3?) are holding the ship's captain as a hostage. Negotiations are said to be underway.