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. Frank Carcia

    Don't mess with the US NAVY!

    April 1, 2010 at 10:06 am | Report abuse |
  2. Nathan

    Hope the pirates will make it safe to the US and will start wasting my tax money for legal defense, food, clothing, medical care etc.

    April 1, 2010 at 10:06 am | Report abuse |
  3. Robert

    They should be sinking every pirate ship/skiff they see, along with the scum in the boat... let them swim to the mainland, maybe this would teach them a lesson. Take the gloves off and give them what they deserve.

    April 1, 2010 at 10:06 am | Report abuse |
  4. Loui Merriken

    GO NAVY!!

    April 1, 2010 at 10:06 am | Report abuse |
  5. 1630

    BZ to the Shoes!

    April 1, 2010 at 10:06 am | Report abuse |
  6. matt

    I laughed so hard it hurts. GO NAVY!!!

    April 1, 2010 at 10:06 am | Report abuse |
  7. Banjo

    Oh, yeah. Ron Brunette above reminded us that it was Dick Cheney's fault. SEE! They are already forgetting about Bush.

    April 1, 2010 at 10:07 am | Report abuse |
  8. Andrew Thorby

    You have to be kidding me. Three guys in a skiff deliberately attack a US Navy frigate? Either they are suicidal or the pirate life is sufficiently harsh that 3 meals a day and a warm bed in a US prison sound like a pretty good deal.

    April 1, 2010 at 10:07 am | Report abuse |
  9. Mack

    Yea! US NAVY, great job. We need to do more of this to the scum bags.

    April 1, 2010 at 10:07 am | Report abuse |
  10. Marc

    It's about time we do something about these pirates

    April 1, 2010 at 10:07 am | Report abuse |
  11. Good.

    HELL YAY! These hoodlems should get caught. I am so glad we did not back down

    April 1, 2010 at 10:07 am | Report abuse |
  12. losano

    You should be a stupid to DARE ATTACK a US military Ship, especially a WARSHIP. Doe!

    April 1, 2010 at 10:07 am | Report abuse |
  13. eaglegeorge

    How can these pirates be so bold to actually attack a US warship. Did they really think they could take it?

    April 1, 2010 at 10:07 am | Report abuse |
  14. Bob

    Candidates for world's dumbest criminals. How stupid to take on any country's warship. Really brain dead

    April 1, 2010 at 10:08 am | Report abuse |
  15. Fly Fisher

    Great result! NOT smart firing at a US ship! They should do that more often. Problem will be quickly solved efficiently.

    April 1, 2010 at 10:08 am | Report abuse |
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