How the US military and crew took out the Somali pirates on the Maersk Alabama - excellent video

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How the US military and crew took out the Somali pirates on the Maersk Alabama - excellent video

This excellent series of online videos gives a dramatic reconstruction of what happened at high seas with the Somali pirates that took Maersk Alabama and its crew for hostage. It really shows how well prepared the crew members were for the attack. It also shows the difference between the go get em attitude of the US military with the almost fearful attitude of the British and other nations.

The engineers sank the pirate speedboat shortly after the boarding by continuously swinging the rudder of the Maersk Alabama thus scuttling the smaller boat. As the pirates were boarding the ship, the crew members locked themselves in the engine room while the captain and two other crew members remained on the bridge.

The engineers then took away control of the ship from down below, rendering the bridge controls useless. The pirates were thus unable to control the ship. The crew later used "brute force" to overpower one of the pirates, Abduhl Wal-i-Musi and free one of the hostages, ATM Reza.

Frustrated, the pirates decided to leave the ship, and took Phillips with them to a lifeboat as their bargaining chip. The crew attempted to exchange this captured pirate, whom they had kept tied up for twelve hours, for Captain Phillips. The captured pirate was released but the pirates refused to release Phillips.

After running out of fuel in the ship's man overboard boat, they transferred and left in the ship's covered lifeboat, taking Phillips with them. The lifeboat carried ten days of food rations, water and basic survival supplies].

On April 8, the destroyer USS Bainbridge was dispatched to the Gulf of Aden in response to a hostage situation, and reached Maersk Alabama early on April 9.

On April 9, a stand-off began between USS Bainbridge and the pirates in the Maersk Alabama's lifeboat, where they continued to hold Captain Phillips hostage. On Sunday, April 12, Phillips was rescued in good condition.











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By netchicken: posted on 21-12-2009








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