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. Mark Pouncey

    Master I thought it was a tanker

    April 1, 2010 at 10:30 am | Report abuse |
  2. Steven Lucero

    US NAVY 1
    pirates 0

    April 1, 2010 at 10:30 am | Report abuse |
  3. Proud US citizen of US Navy

    I wish we could deploy in that area more patrols with a "search and destroy" assignments to bring order to those sea lanes around Somalia.

    That is what it should read.

    April 1, 2010 at 10:30 am | Report abuse |
  4. Capt Jack Sparrow

    Way to go Navy!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    April 1, 2010 at 10:31 am | Report abuse |
  5. Param

    Ambitious group of Pirates, no?

    April 1, 2010 at 10:31 am | Report abuse |
  6. shwemoe

    I want every Pirate captured, whipped and made to walk the gang plank.

    April 1, 2010 at 10:31 am | Report abuse |
  7. Toussaint louverture

    I want to see some Russian sub in the Haitian waters as soon as possible.

    April 1, 2010 at 10:31 am | Report abuse |
  8. Dylan

    WOW!!! Pirates are absolutley CRAZY. Attack a Naval Ship? They clearly didn't know who they where messing with.

    April 1, 2010 at 10:31 am | Report abuse |
  9. Tiffany

    April fools!?

    April 1, 2010 at 10:31 am | Report abuse |
  10. Carl

    Walk softly and carry a big stick!.....use as needed. Teddy Rosevelt's foreign policy still applies today! Go Navy!

    April 1, 2010 at 10:31 am | Report abuse |
  11. jack

    What a bunch of morons! Did they seriously think they could defeat a US NAVY Warship? You think people would learn not to mess with our military.

    April 1, 2010 at 10:31 am | Report abuse |
  12. cruiser

    Hey Rick...I don't remember Dubya EVER taking down a pirate..he just attacked innocent countries. Obama,s Navy 3, Somali's 0...oh well, still, way to go Navy my brother would be proud as an Annapolis grad class 65

    April 1, 2010 at 10:31 am | Report abuse |
  13. Richard

    Is there such a thing as a pirate redneck joke? Hey guys, watch this...........

    April 1, 2010 at 10:32 am | Report abuse |
  14. Fallowt

    It's probably tough to identify the pirates until they attack. Their open boats look just like the thousands of fishing boats they use in that area. Unless you can get close enough to see weapons in them, how do you tell pirate from fisherman? And they mightjust be fishermen who are armed to protect themselves from pirates as well. I'm sure the pirates will prey on anything they can get, even their own countrymen.

    April 1, 2010 at 10:32 am | Report abuse |
  15. david

    Why not hold them and the mother ship for ransom? (Just joking for you folks in Loma Linda)

    April 1, 2010 at 10:32 am | Report abuse |
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