April 1st, 2010
09:07 AM ET

U.S. warship captures suspected pirate mother ship

The USS Nicholas came under fire from a pirate vessel and then captured it.

A U.S. warship sank a pirate skiff and captured a pirate mother ship in the Indian Ocean on Thursday, according to a statement from U.S. Naval Forces Africa.

The frigate USS Nicholas came under fire from a pirate vessel shortly after midnight in international waters west of the Seychelles, according to a U.S. military statement.

The Nicholas returned fire and pursued the skiff as it fled, capturing it about 90 minutes later. Three suspected pirates aboard the skiff were taken into custody, along with two others aboard a suspected pirate mother ship that was nearby.

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  1. DAM

    Right on!! Go Nicholas!! Go Navy!!

    April 1, 2010 at 9:19 am | Report abuse |
  2. chochee

    Should have sunk it and let them swim for the frigate. Let the sharks have lunch.

    April 1, 2010 at 9:19 am | Report abuse |
  3. Ben

    Nothing like some night time skeet shooting

    April 1, 2010 at 9:21 am | Report abuse |
  4. joanna

    Hoping for a quick and speedy execution of the pirates!

    April 1, 2010 at 9:21 am | Report abuse |
  5. WDrad

    Silly Somalians!

    April 1, 2010 at 9:22 am | Report abuse |
  6. rick

    the us navy kicks butt.....too bad obama is the commander and chief or more pirates would have been captured.

    April 1, 2010 at 9:22 am | Report abuse |
    • Roy

      Riigghhtt ... Cuz how many were captured / killed before???? Gotta love fools!

      April 1, 2010 at 10:32 am | Report abuse |
  7. M

    april fool's much?

    April 1, 2010 at 9:22 am | Report abuse |
  8. Ron Brunette

    The skiff and the mother ship should have been sunk. The only thing these criminals will understand is no mercy...... Where is Dick Cheney when we need his heartless mindset.......

    April 1, 2010 at 9:22 am | Report abuse |
  9. Chris in Taxachusetts

    It is about time we did this! I think it is time for the world community to be more agressive.

    If you see a pirate or his ship – seek and capture. Or seeka dn destroy works just as well for me.

    April 1, 2010 at 9:22 am | Report abuse |
  10. lilmorse

    We Rock!

    April 1, 2010 at 9:22 am | Report abuse |
  11. Chris

    It's about time...time to do more of this sort of thing.

    April 1, 2010 at 9:23 am | Report abuse |
  12. Robert

    What a bunch of idiots! Thats like throwing a rock at a bullet train. Maybe they where looking for the cash aboard the ship......ohhh wait its a warship....lolololol

    April 1, 2010 at 9:23 am | Report abuse |
  13. TZToronto

    I thought these pirates were simply desperate. Now we learn that they're stupid as well.

    April 1, 2010 at 9:24 am | Report abuse |
  14. Jason

    Hmmm, take a potshot at a WARSHIP.....

    .....probably not the smartest thing they did that day....

    April 1, 2010 at 9:24 am | Report abuse |
  15. Daren

    Great news! Way to go Navy!

    April 1, 2010 at 9:24 am | Report abuse |
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