April 10th, 2010
07:37 PM ET

Suspected pirates take shots at U.S. ship

People on a skiff shot at the USS Ashland approximately 330 nautical miles off the coast of Djibouti.

The Ashland shot back, the U.S. Fifth Fleet said. The skiff caught fire and the people abandoned the skiff.

The Ashland deployed rigid-hull inflatable boats to assist the six suspected pirates in the water near their skiff. They were brought on board the Ashland and received medical care.

There were no injuries to the Ashland crew and no apparent damage to the ship, the U.S. Fifth Fleet said.


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  1. stachia

    My husband is on that ship and i think those pirets are completely clueless. It a US navy ship not just some ship floting around that dont know how to take care of its men and women. I guess they must have been on a suside mission what else did they expect to just climb abord. Yeah right. I know my husband wishes he could have just left them idiots in the water and let what ever happen happen weither it me drown get eaten by sharks or make it to shore. GREAT JOB ASHLAND BROVO ZULU. I love my hubby.

    April 15, 2010 at 1:00 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Deborah from PA

    My son is a Marine on the ship. This happened when they were sleeping. It's hard to understand why these idiots will fire at a military vessel. How do they think they could possibly get anywhere? My thought is, is that they're too dumb to know what their shooting at. Oh brother!

    April 17, 2010 at 7:14 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Sammie

    Go USS Ashland! This is the ship my 20 year old brother is on right now and I am very proud of him. To all those people that are saying they should have left them in the ocean, would you rather take them in or risk them getting to shore and takeing over another ship? I think they shouldve taken them in.

    April 26, 2010 at 3:44 pm | Report abuse |
  4. anthony drake

    i may be only 13 years old but come on america is one of the most powerful countries there is. Why dont we kill every pirate we see instead of letting them go. They are just going to do it again. if america is really that stupid then we need some help. should have shot them down in the water or let them drown.

    April 29, 2010 at 10:45 am | Report abuse |
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