When the pirate alarm sounded early on 8 April, Chief Engineer Mike Perry brought 14 members of the crew into a "secure room" that the engineers had been in the process of fortifying for just such a purpose.
As the pirates approached, the remaining crew fired flares.
The crew members of Maersk Alabama had received anti-piracy training from union training schools, and had drilled aboard the ship a day previously.
Their training included the use of small arms, anti-terror, basic safety, first aid, and other security-related courses.
for the captain, but the exchange went awry and the pirates refused to honor the agreement after the crew released their captive.
However, negotiations broke down hours after the pirates fired on Halyburton not long after sunrise on Saturday, 11 April.Bainbridge was equipped with a Scan Eagle UAV and Rigid-hulled inflatable boats.