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. Craig

    @Rick..any chance you get to rip Obama!! So, what would George W. had done? Planted WMD on them and blamed all terrorist acts on them..IDIOT!!

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

    Don't need to involve US navy, every commercial ship needs to have four 50 caliber guns on each corner of vessel and hire bunch of cheap Russian snippers. That'll take care of them pirates.

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

    Hmmm lets see. Now acording to Obama's new policy we will provide them a lawyer, try them in our civilian court system, provide them with medical care, food, and clothing. – they win – we lose

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

    Just when did the pirates have that "Oh Ship" moment? You know, that sinking feeling when you realize , just like a dog, that you just bit the front tire of a moving truck.

    Three cheers from an Army vet for the USS Nicholas:
    Hip, hip, hooray!
    Hip, hip, hooray!
    Hip, hip, hooah!

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

    the navy kicks butt

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

    they are desparite they need to die like bin laden and his people nothing to live for lets keep helping them

    April 1, 2010 at 10:36 am | Report abuse |
  7. Mike C

    Oh you silly Pirates, Trix are for kids. Way to go U.S.A. NAVY.

    April 1, 2010 at 10:37 am | Report abuse |
  8. GW

    When are we gonna treat Pirate-ism as Terrorism. Isn't that really what is happening out there on the waters, acts of terrorism? They should be sent to Davy Jones Locker....Good Job Navy!!!

    April 1, 2010 at 10:37 am | Report abuse |
  9. bill

    why chase- blow them out of the water?

    April 1, 2010 at 10:37 am | Report abuse |
  10. Jason

    Pirates huh? Everyone is commenting that they're stupid. That's obvious, that's why they're pirates. Thank you to all the men and woman of the US military! Way to look out for others that can't look out for themselves, and for protecting the people of not only America, but the people of the world. Why does the US do it? Because no one else will! Go USA!!

    April 1, 2010 at 10:37 am | Report abuse |
  11. McBears

    now they will end up here in Brooklyn NY on welfare

    April 1, 2010 at 10:37 am | Report abuse |
  12. Bob Roberts

    Great show Navy! But, now the down side, what do we do with the captives? Next time, maybe, they can go see the virgins.

    April 1, 2010 at 10:37 am | Report abuse |
  13. Steak

    #36 Reader. Reads like you feel that the US Navy responced inappropriately and you
    havje sympathy for the pirates. Tsk Tsk
    Go US Navy, GOOD jo;b.

    April 1, 2010 at 10:37 am | Report abuse |
  14. reader

    time to make a movie

    April 1, 2010 at 10:37 am | Report abuse |
  15. Keri

    Is it something about the First U.S. Navy Jack flag the pirates don't understand? It is plainly flown on all navy ships when at sea and offers fair warning. ""Don't tread on me"

    April 1, 2010 at 10:37 am | Report abuse |
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