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. Retired Vet responding to Rick

    PRESIDENT Obama has been twice the Commander in Chief that Bush and Osama Bin Cheney were!

    April 1, 2010 at 10:33 am | Report abuse |
  2. NickC

    I guess Obama confirmed that his family members were all accounted for before authorizing the ship to fire...........

    It is a sad state in America when something like this is even a possibility!

    April 1, 2010 at 10:33 am | Report abuse |
  3. John

    Go Navy!!! Show them who is boss!!!

    April 1, 2010 at 10:33 am | Report abuse |
  4. YardBoy

    Heh, heh, heh...
    Those Navy boys don't like having their paint job dinged. BTW, have we stopped giving foreign aid to Somalia yet?

    April 1, 2010 at 10:33 am | Report abuse |
  5. ivan bishop

    PLEASE. We have other matters to attend to.

    use LARGE air bombs up and down the entire Somali coast.

    Just wipe the roaches out and let our military get back to defending the country rather than chasing a
    bunch of drunken louts.

    April 1, 2010 at 10:33 am | Report abuse |
  6. IT2 JJ

    "Carrying on a Proud Tradition", hoorah!!

    April 1, 2010 at 10:33 am | Report abuse |
  7. Lilly

    It wouldn't surprise me if they did it on purpose in order to get captured and sent to the US. I wouild imagine that a US prison for a short time would be preferable then living in Somalia.

    April 1, 2010 at 10:34 am | Report abuse |
  8. Shell

    Absolutely awesome!! Do not mess with the U.S. Navy. We will not be hijacked!!

    April 1, 2010 at 10:34 am | Report abuse |
  9. Tyler

    Messing with the world's most powerful Navy. Pure stupidity, plain and simple. I agree with nearly everyone that we should eradicate them. Maybe we will someday, Hopefully that day is sooner than later.

    April 1, 2010 at 10:35 am | Report abuse |
  10. jen

    Go NAVY!!

    April 1, 2010 at 10:35 am | Report abuse |
  11. Bartender in NY

    The pirates must be drunk when they fired on a warship!!

    April 1, 2010 at 10:35 am | Report abuse |
  12. BA

    Not only did these idiots attack a US warship, but then when they turned tail and ran, they led the USN right to their mothership. Beautiful!

    April 1, 2010 at 10:35 am | Report abuse |
  13. cbc

    Who could be stupid enough to attack a US Navy warship?

    April 1, 2010 at 10:35 am | Report abuse |
  14. Sandro Rodrigues

    April Fool, guys...

    April 1, 2010 at 10:36 am | Report abuse |
  15. Nanda

    I can't belive they messed with US Navy ship..

    April 1, 2010 at 10:36 am | Report abuse |
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