According to Gurnon he has been "besieged for interviews" following the recent heroism of two alumnae of the Academy, Richard Phillips, Master of the MV Maersk Alabama, and Shane Murphy, his chief mate when their vessel was recently attacked by Somali pirates. Gurnon told interviewers he expected a rise in applicants to the Academy following the rise to notability of its alumnae.
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- Drogin, Bob; Buck, Rinker (2009-04-09). "Capt. Richard Phillips knows pirates". Los Angeles Times. Archived from the original on 2009-04-15. "The Maersk Alabama's captain and his second in command, Shane Murphy, studied anti-piracy tactics at the Massachusetts Maritime Academy."
- Paul Gately (2009-04-14). "Mass. Maritime may see application boost after pirate saga". Daily News Tribune. Archived from the original on 2009-04-15. "The admiral said MMA has been besieged for interview requests by national news organizations in the wake of the dramatic Navy rescue of Maersk Alabama skipper Richard Phillips in the Indian Ocean on Easter."