"We must be ready to dare all for our country. For history does not long entrust the care of freedom to the weak or the timid. We must acquire proficiency in defense and display stamina in purpose." - President Eisenhower, First Inaugural Address
The Panama-flagged, 3,884dwt asphalt/bitumen carrier Asphalt Venture was seized at 0358 local time about 7 degrees south and 41 degrees east in the Indian Ocean, according to Ecoterra International.
The ship, which was in ballast and carrying 15 Indian crew, had “turned around and obviously is commandeered [by pirates] northwards to Somalia”. . .