You may think pirates are a thing of the past, but in fact they represent a current threat. The story of Captain Richard Phillips became famous after Hollywood producers decided it’s worthy of being turned into a movie. ‘Captain Phillips’ tells the true story of the 2009 hijacking by Somali pirates of the US-flagged MV Maersk Alabama, the first American cargo ship to be hijacked in two hundred years. Also, the video below is proof that ships sailing international waters still have to deal with modern pirates. Standard procedures require ships to fire warning shots in order to determine whether the intent is hostile or not.