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. reddenl

    Finally someone is doing something about these stupid pirates. I hope they capture more of them! Way to go US Navy!

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

    Its about damn time. Not sure why it took so long to just do that. They attack weak and helpless crafts all the time, way to go NAVY!

    April 1, 2010 at 9:25 am | Report abuse |
  3. JEH

    Make em walk the plank! Arrrgh!!

    April 1, 2010 at 9:25 am | Report abuse |
  4. guest

    hahaha poor pirates. bad bad really bad mistake.

    April 1, 2010 at 9:26 am | Report abuse |
  5. Rog

    The pirates attacked a Warship?... omg, lol..hehe...I guess they thought it looked like a rubber ducky bath boat.

    April 1, 2010 at 9:26 am | Report abuse |
  6. FGD

    Should have sunk it with the pirates on borad screw taking them into custody.
    They want to be pirates let them die like pirates!

    April 1, 2010 at 9:26 am | Report abuse |
  7. Glenn McIntyre

    Congratulations! That's exactly the way it should be!
    USN:
    You don't tug on Superman's cape;
    You don't spit into the wind;
    You don't pull the mask off that old Lone Ranger; and
    You don't mess around with them.

    April 1, 2010 at 9:26 am | Report abuse |
  8. claudette

    well it is time someting gets done about these pirates,why should they get away with what they do all the time,U.S.A. dont take pity on them,it is time to shoot them down,they to are killing and abuse innocent people ,

    April 1, 2010 at 9:27 am | Report abuse |
  9. Mark from Iowa

    These pirates must be morons to fire on a US Navy ship. I am glad they got caught, although I think I would be happier if they all got blown to bits.

    April 1, 2010 at 9:27 am | Report abuse |
  10. George Kasica

    Serves them right...never bring a water pistol to a gun fight...

    April 1, 2010 at 9:27 am | Report abuse |
  11. Ray

    HA HA HA!!! the US should go in and clean house.

    April 1, 2010 at 9:27 am | Report abuse |
  12. Jeff

    LOL, Playing with fire!

    April 1, 2010 at 9:27 am | Report abuse |
  13. charles

    Go Navy!

    April 1, 2010 at 9:27 am | Report abuse |
  14. Eric

    we should of been engaging and sinking these criminals from day one. Put one of those multi billion dollar aircraft carriers we have ( 12 to 18 last count) to secure the shipping lanes in that area. Between the UNITED STATES AND BRITAIN,or any other free nation using the area, and blast them back to the time of Blue beard the pirate!!!!

    April 1, 2010 at 9:28 am | Report abuse |
  15. Facepalm

    fire on a warship, shows them how bright they are.

    April 1, 2010 at 9:28 am | Report abuse |
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