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. Fallowt

    Dumb pirates, did they really think they could take on a US warship?

    April 1, 2010 at 10:26 am | Report abuse |
  2. Mark

    Argg, did they Navy find any tresure maps!!!

    April 1, 2010 at 10:26 am | Report abuse |
  3. Mike

    I would love to see the expression on their faces when they realized what kind of ship they were " capturing "...... priceless.

    April 1, 2010 at 10:26 am | Report abuse |
  4. tj

    Yarrr! Who says mothership, anyway???

    April 1, 2010 at 10:26 am | Report abuse |
  5. Paula S

    The Nicholas is not a big war ship at all. I can see why someone would go after them if they didnt know just how much they train. I just got out of the navy. I am glad to see that Nicholas could take them. Its good to know that all training that the navy does paid off. They do train for thigs like this all the time. I just hope and pray that no one in the navy was hurt during this. And I hope that the navy will continue to get more Pirates

    April 1, 2010 at 10:27 am | Report abuse |
  6. Forrest

    What are these pirates thinking? Pirate ship vs Navy Vessel = Pirate Destruction

    April 1, 2010 at 10:27 am | Report abuse |
  7. Roberto Luna

    Congratulations Navy! The best news this morning, go get'em!

    April 1, 2010 at 10:27 am | Report abuse |
  8. Gene

    You just watch, the Captain of the Warship we be charged for not reading the Pirates their rights!

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

    Bravo! This needs to happen each and every time our naval vessels are attacked.

    April 1, 2010 at 10:28 am | Report abuse |
  10. Active Military

    Phenominal... Hey! Pirates! This aint no shipping vessel! Those dirtbags had to watch tha Frigate track them for 90 minutes BEFORE they smoked em...I friggin love it! Welcome to the big leagues boys! You just don't mess with Uncle Sam!!

    April 1, 2010 at 10:28 am | Report abuse |
  11. Aja

    Yay!!! Go Navy!! Those pirates picked the wrong ship to mess with!!!

    April 1, 2010 at 10:28 am | Report abuse |
  12. Stupid stupid pirates or are they???

    If this an April Fools joke Well done.... If not GO NAVY GO!!!! Job well done!

    However my wife made a good point.... maybe the pirates were trying to lure the warship out of position to do something else???

    NO MERCY SHOULD BE SHOWN TO THESE COWARDS!

    April 1, 2010 at 10:28 am | Report abuse |
  13. david dicicco

    Not too intelligent to fire on a "Warship", when you are working with a pirate skiff.

    April 1, 2010 at 10:28 am | Report abuse |
  14. John From Utica, NY

    Its about time we really did something with these Pirate's, I guess they found out Not Too Mess with the US Navy !
    This will be the ony way to stop these Pirate's , JohnnyC

    April 1, 2010 at 10:28 am | Report abuse |
  15. chris

    Looking at the profile of the ship, it looks like a merchant vessel. This is not the first time pirates have mistaken a warship for a hapless merchant vessel. Tough luck, talk about an April Fool's day gone wrong.
    Maybe more warships should go around masquerading as merchant ships then the problem may be reduced.

    April 1, 2010 at 10:28 am | Report abuse |
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