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. CDRUM

    Note to self: Next time i'm pirating in the Indian Ocean, don't shoot at U.S. frigates ships.

    April 1, 2010 at 10:17 am | Report abuse |
  2. Zuloo

    Go Navy! Feed them to sharks. Don't keep them on board. :):)

    April 1, 2010 at 10:17 am | Report abuse |
  3. sbeth1

    Good job.

    April 1, 2010 at 10:18 am | Report abuse |
  4. DG12

    WELL DONE, some good news, we all need it.

    April 1, 2010 at 10:18 am | Report abuse |
  5. Bill

    Way to go Navy! That is what should have been done a long time ago.

    Let's hear it now from the Civil Rights Activists, PETA, all of the usual contrarians.

    A few more like this and maybe the pirates will find better, safer ways to make a living.

    April 1, 2010 at 10:18 am | Report abuse |
  6. Ron

    I hope they do not bring then to NYC for a trial that will cost millions of dollars.
    Give them a Pirate trial at sea- and let them walk the plank!!!

    April 1, 2010 at 10:18 am | Report abuse |
  7. silvester

    First, good job for our Navy. My question is, what is preventing the Navy form killing those silly criminals?The moment they are captured and left to go the other criminals in somalia will continue knowing that they won't be killed.
    Please as soon as you see the pirates, Just kill them. that is the only way to clear that sea route. TAKE MY WORD!!

    April 1, 2010 at 10:18 am | Report abuse |
  8. izara

    wow how stupid can the pirates be...kinda like the grasshopper flipping off the lawnmower just before the grasshopper becomes mulch ....

    April 1, 2010 at 10:18 am | Report abuse |
  9. Higgy2010

    I would have blown them up.

    April 1, 2010 at 10:18 am | Report abuse |
  10. Cowser

    Make sure you read them thier Miranda rights. We do not want them to get off on a technicality. If they do, they may end up w/ asylum, free health care, free schooling, free housing and food assistance.

    April 1, 2010 at 10:18 am | Report abuse |
  11. Barry77

    No one ever accused these Islamic terrorist pirates as being overly bright. LOL. Trying to take a warship?

    April 1, 2010 at 10:18 am | Report abuse |
  12. TNtuxedo

    How long will it take before Obama Bin Laden apologizes to the world for our barbaric actions???
    He'll soon be looking to take guns away from our military!

    April 1, 2010 at 10:18 am | Report abuse |
  13. Mickey

    Are these pirates that stupid that they think they can engage a US Warship and get away?

    April 1, 2010 at 10:18 am | Report abuse |
  14. CHUBBY

    this is inexcusable. they are attacking us because they are hungry. We have no business flexing our muscle on the poor prople our country bullies the underpriviledged. Give them food and we wont have to worry about this.

    April 1, 2010 at 10:18 am | Report abuse |
  15. Barry

    April Fools!!!

    April 1, 2010 at 10:18 am | Report abuse |
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