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(NECN: Jennifer Eagan, Bourne, Mass.) - Ships blared their horns in celebration at the Massachusetts Maritime Academy, where recently freed Captain Richard Phillips and his Second-In-Command, Shane Murphy, trained. The news of Captain Phillips' rescue was what everyone was waiting to here on the Bourne, Massachusetts campus. "When that happened, we began to blow the whistle on the ship and ring the bell here in celebration," the academy's president, R. ADM Richard Gurnon said. "This is indeed a glorious Easter Day," R. ADM Gurnon said. "This institution has been in operation for 118 years, and I cannot imagine that there is a day in our history that we are more proud of our graduates than today. We are truly, truly pleased that this drama has ended in the safe return of Captain Phillips." But it was not simply in Massachusetts where jubilation was had. The captain's crew, docked in Mombasa, Kenya, sounded the horn and spoke about the ordeal. <A HREF="http://www.necn.com/Boston/Nation/2009/04/12/Crew-Tell-the-president-to/1239564402.html" target="_blank"><b>Maersk Alabama crew tells its side of the story</b>.</a> Captain Phillips was rescued in what was called a split-second decision by the United States Navy. "The on-scene commander determined that the captain was in imminent danger," Vice Adm. Gortney said. "He had the authority to make that decision, and he had seconds to make that decision." <A HREF="http://www.necn.com/Boston/New-England/2009/04/12/Navy-Rescue-under-Obamas/1239571022.html" target="_blank"><b>President Obama authorized the rescue</b>.</A> Back in Bourne, R. ADM Gurnon also expressed his hope that the international community can join together to combat the problem of piracy off the coast of Africa. <A HREF="http://www.necn.com/Boston/New-England/2009/04/12/Mass-Maritime-Never-more/1239565632.html" target="_blank"><b>View R. ADM Gurnon’s press conference by clicking here</b>.</a>