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. Gary Arciszewski

    As a Navy Veteran all I can say is Stupid pirate, no booty.

    April 1, 2010 at 9:50 am | Report abuse |
  2. sad

    I guess we are going to have to apologize for our aggressive behavior

    April 1, 2010 at 9:50 am | Report abuse |
  3. fenderstrat1

    yeah that's a real goog idea,firing small arms at a u.s. war ship ...duh

    April 1, 2010 at 9:50 am | Report abuse |
  4. Aaaaarrrh

    Alright! Now we can board and feed them well above what they are accustomed to having. That'll teach 'em!! There's only one way to deal with this kind of crap. When they are stupid enough to fire on a US Frigate, they should be completely removed from the gene pool. There shouldn't have been anything left to take into custody.

    April 1, 2010 at 9:51 am | Report abuse |
  5. paul

    Suspected? so... let me guess, they aren't pirates until proven guilty in a court of law?
    Grow a backbone cnn! they are guilty!

    April 1, 2010 at 9:51 am | Report abuse |
  6. Clark Graff

    Good, it's about time we started treating the pirates in the only way they should be treated. Sink them.

    April 1, 2010 at 9:52 am | Report abuse |
  7. DLC

    I simply don't understand our restraint in the continuing saga of modern day piracy on the high seas by these "terrorists". Both the skiff and "mother ship" should have been destroyed and any surviving pirates left floating at sea to fend for themselves. This is the only thing these lawless individuals understand. Capturing them serves no purpose other than rewarding their actions with a better life. Perhaps if word got out that there is absolutely no tolerance for piracy on the high seas these incidents would decrease accordingly.

    April 1, 2010 at 9:52 am | Report abuse |
  8. Harvey

    The U.S. must set the example for the world. Pirate ships must be captured or sunk. Pirates must be put on trial and placed in prison upon conviction. Piracy on the "open seas" must end NOW. This has gotten out of hand.

    April 1, 2010 at 9:52 am | Report abuse |
  9. Ash

    Wow. You've got to be pretty dense to fire on a ship that has guns capable of literally shredding your boat and other arsenal that would leave you in little giblets all over the place.

    April 1, 2010 at 9:52 am | Report abuse |
  10. guess

    Yahooo! don't waste money feeding them, through them back to the sea.

    April 1, 2010 at 9:52 am | Report abuse |
  11. Retired USN

    This just makes my day. I wish international law would allow for instant justice for pirates caught in the act. Capturing them and feeding them in a situation that is better than they came from is kind of a reward, even if they fail. They have to be dealt with in extreme measures that they understand. Reasoning, jail, rehab, etc are a waste of time – they don't think like civilized people and we shouldn't treat them like civilized people. They should be eliminated from any possibility of future pirate activities and the word get out that being a pirate will result in death – theirs. What bothers me most is that our sailors are out there risking their own lives just to protect other ships from scum like these pirates. Let's give thanks for what our men and women in the Navy and other services do every day to make this world a safer place – in the Indian Ocean and in many other locations all over this world.

    April 1, 2010 at 9:53 am | Report abuse |
  12. NavyMom

    Don't mess with the U.S.

    April 1, 2010 at 9:53 am | Report abuse |
  13. Dan Manaloto

    From a veteran of the world's mightiest Navy.

    Bravo to our U.S Warship, from the crew to the Skipper!!. Thats the way to do!. Bomb, fire at will, use all your firepower, kill all and leave nothing to this Pirates. They have no place on earth or at sea at all.

    Mr. M. USN (Ret)

    April 1, 2010 at 9:53 am | Report abuse |
  14. WausauFamily

    Like bringing a knife to a gun fight.

    April 1, 2010 at 9:53 am | Report abuse |
  15. Crater

    Hahaha that's great. Looks like these pirates bit off a little bit more than they could chew ...

    April 1, 2010 at 9:54 am | Report abuse |
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