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. Ernie

    NICE JOB! How crazy are those guys? Who would fire on an American military ship from a flat bottom clam diggers boat? Lets sink all the nuts! GO NAVY!

    April 1, 2010 at 10:10 am | Report abuse |
  2. MN Girl

    Why are we capturing these bozo's? Sink their ship and let them swim for it. No mercy for these aqua terrorists!

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

    They attacked a U.S. warship? That's like trying to rob a police station.
    These guys aren't too smart.......

    April 1, 2010 at 10:10 am | Report abuse |
  4. Doug

    Stop taking these pirates alive. Take 'em out, and stop the chaos we allow them to cause!

    April 1, 2010 at 10:10 am | Report abuse |
  5. Go NAVY!

    What a bunch of an idiots? It's like fighting bare hands vs machine guns.

    April 1, 2010 at 10:11 am | Report abuse |
  6. JD

    An attack on a US Warship is the same as a terrorist attack on US soil and should have just blown them out of the water! PERIOD!

    April 1, 2010 at 10:11 am | Report abuse |
  7. Steve

    Too bad the Nicholas didn't have permission to blow them out of the water

    God Bless Our Troops

    They make us proud!!!

    April 1, 2010 at 10:11 am | Report abuse |
  8. Proud of American fighters

    Its about time you guys kick butt and took names as the old military saying goes very old!

    April 1, 2010 at 10:11 am | Report abuse |
  9. Floyd R Turbo

    Good Job US!
    Now go get the rest of them...might i suggest ramming a few and sinking them that way just for fun.
    or back over them with the propellers?
    why we put up with these turds at all is beyond me.

    April 1, 2010 at 10:11 am | Report abuse |
  10. Chuck Cavanagh

    How long has it been since the Navy Keelhauled someone ... seems appropriate!

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

    Wow, not sure if I would call that brave or just stupid. Who in their right mind would attack a U.S. Warship with what amounts to a small motor boat?

    April 1, 2010 at 10:11 am | Report abuse |
  12. angelicamb

    How stupid do you have to be to attack a US Naval ship? It wasn't a helpless private vessel; what idiots!

    April 1, 2010 at 10:11 am | Report abuse |
  13. Laura McDowell

    I doubt the pirates will be prosecuted. Generally it's a catch-and-release situation. That's why they aren't afraid to shoot at anything.

    April 1, 2010 at 10:11 am | Report abuse |
  14. marc lebrun

    I've been there by boat a few years ago, and even there now it's no more save to go......

    April 1, 2010 at 10:11 am | Report abuse |
  15. larry

    The curse of the Black Pearl. AARRRRR

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