MV Maersk Alabama Trailer

On April 12th, 2009 in the Gulf of Aden, three simultaneous shots rang out and three Somali pirates dropped dead.  Three Navy SEAL snipers, from the fantail of the USS Bainbridge, used their patience, expertise, and precision to rescue the Captain, Richard Phillips, from his lifeboat hell.  This was the end to a dramatic ordeal of the battle for the MV Maersk Alabama.

The incident began when the Maersk Alabama was traveling near the Somali port city of Eyl and was quickly attacked by Somali pirates.  Despite evasive maneuvers and taking a defensive posture by the crew, four armed pirates were able to board the ship and seize control of the bridge.  Locked in the engine room, most of the crew of the Maersk Alabama waged their counter attack, disarming one of the pirates and sinking the pirates skiff.

Frustrated, and unable to seize control of the entire ship, the pirates escaped in a lifeboat taking Captain Phillips as a bargaining chip.

The movie, “Captain Phillips“, is directed by Paul Greengrass, who also directed The Bourne Supremacy, The Bourne Ultimatum and United 93.  Movie is set to be released in October of 2013.

 

About the Author

Chris is a former U.S. Navy SEAL, 18-Delta Combat Medic, and SEAL Sniper. His career included tours with SEAL Delivery Vehicle Team Two and SEAL Team Two in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom and Operation Enduring Freedom. You can follow him on Twitter @Chris_Hagerman.

5 comments
swotsy
swotsy

Which SEAL Team were the snipers from?

Txazz
Txazz

Thanks as I didn't realize they made a movie of this.  I've read a lot about it by one of the SEAL snipers and right now I can't remember which book it was.  Had me on the edge of my seat.  I'll keep an eye out for this movie.  Can't you tell us which SEAL to watch out or?  

Wow, just watched the trailers and looks super good.  Coming out Oct 2013.

And, maybe you'll critique the movie for us, Chris?

bc211
bc211

this looks so awesome...thanks for the write up Mr. Hagerman


ChrisHagerman
ChrisHagerman

@Txazz I will absolutely critique the film for you and of course the acting ability of my friend.  Will ask him if I can drop his name.  Great guy and operator.   He had some great photos of him and Tom Hanks from the set.  Of course he knows that I was the better shot.  I am sure the special effect folks will help him out a little or maybe his stunt double.  Lol.   

ChrisHagerman
ChrisHagerman

@bc211 No worries my friend.  I am looking forward to seeing this; have a good friend I deployed with who is playing one of the SEAL parts.  Cheers.