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. apo

    these idiots will attack anything at night

    April 1, 2010 at 10:14 am | Report abuse |
  2. Omar Haleem

    The US should take the war to the Pirates, too many incidences of Piracy have occurred, It's ripe time for the UN to pass a resolution against all forms of Piracy and an international collaboration against Piracy, or a safe sea act should be promulgated which will ensure that there is a rapid action force as well as a systematic and concerted international effort to track Piracy and to root it out so that our seas are safe for trade. It seems like a misnomar to hear aboout piracy in todays digitized and mapped world.

    April 1, 2010 at 10:15 am | Report abuse |
  3. Roberto

    Any video done by the Navy to see How stupid those so called Pirates are?

    April 1, 2010 at 10:15 am | Report abuse |
  4. Kala

    That's cool and all. But why do we have a "US Naval Forces Africa"?

    April 1, 2010 at 10:15 am | Report abuse |
  5. miurnin

    god bless America land that I love stand beside her and guide her...... lol...... NAVY you go boys and girls

    April 1, 2010 at 10:15 am | Report abuse |
  6. jim in texas

    Interestingly, these pirates refer to themselves as the "Somali Coast Guard". Apparently any ship that nears their coast is seen to be intruding.

    April 1, 2010 at 10:15 am | Report abuse |
  7. Lane Meyer

    These pirates were wearing their "Bad Idea" jeans that day.

    April 1, 2010 at 10:15 am | Report abuse |
  8. Bob

    Those are some pretty dumb pirates. I'd have loved to listened in on the pre-planning for that attack.

    April 1, 2010 at 10:15 am | Report abuse |
  9. Georgefrompa

    ahhh.. in the end were going to give them a lift home to do it again..

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

    I love how the right-wingers read this story and then decided they just had to slam President Obama regardless of the subject matter. Way to go, morons.

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

    Way to go!! Congrats to all aboard warship. Anyway you can get that ship into Afghanistan and sieze are arch enemy there also??

    April 1, 2010 at 10:16 am | Report abuse |
  12. vrc

    And the frigate is one of our smallest warships...the U.S. Navy "IS" the great white shark of the sea!!

    April 1, 2010 at 10:16 am | Report abuse |
  13. J. Lawrence

    They do the title "pirates" a disservice. More like stupid kids with guns. Not unlike the idiots who recently shot up a crowd of folks innocently gathered in Washington, DC. The fools (one of the shooters is 14) killed four and wounded 6. It's a damned shame either which way. The culprits on sea and land ought to be "smacked upside the head" quite hard!

    April 1, 2010 at 10:16 am | Report abuse |
  14. vince

    How dumb would you have to be to take on a U.S. Navy vessle like this. They got what they wanted and then some. GO NAVY!!!

    April 1, 2010 at 10:16 am | Report abuse |
  15. Robby D

    Darn. With all those survivors, looks like they only used the 50s. Too bad they didn't get to exercise the big gun. The carnage would have been spectactular. Nevertheless, nice work fellas. Thanks for keeping the sea lanes safe.

    April 1, 2010 at 10:16 am | Report abuse |
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