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(NECN: Anya Huneke, Burlington, Vt.) - Finally, Captain Richard Phillips will return home to Vermont on Friday afternoon, five days after he was rescued after being held hostage by Somali pirates off the coast of Africa. Captain Phillips left Kenya early on Friday. Wearing blue overalls and a baseball cap, Phillips kept his head bowed as he exited a car at the international airport in Mombasa, Kenya. He did not speak to reporters and, shielded by security, entered the terminal, then boarded a Maersk Shipping Line jet. Representatives from Maersk, the media, police and others were on hand at the airport in Burlington on Friday. Among those awaiting his arrival were, of course, his wife and family. His return comes more than a week after his cargo ship, the Maersk Alabama, was attacked by Somali pirates off the coast of Africa. Phillips was held hostage for five days aboard a lifeboat before Navy Seals killed his armed captors and rescued him. Friday afternoon, the skipper is expected back in his hometown of Underhill, Vermont, where yellow ribbons now deck the trees, and a large welcome home sign at the general store was filled up with so many handwritten messages, they had to create a second sign. The town is still deciding what kind of formal celebration they will have in the days ahead to mark his return, trying to strike a balance between displaying their pride and respecting the family's time together. NECN's Anya Huneke reports.