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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    When I was in the Navy-it was the real Navy-we took care of the problem-now its all political. We need to go and sink all the pirate ships, and blockade the ports, capture all the ships in the various countries. Put the hurt on them-asap

    April 1, 2010 at 10:55 am | Report abuse |
  2. VegasRage

    That's funny, it must have been really dark outside to be able to see what they we're attacking

    April 1, 2010 at 10:55 am | Report abuse |
  3. hitgohit

    Someone commented that they "chose to be pirates." They didn't make the choice between college and piracy, they made the choice between starving and piracy. I chuckled when I first read this, but rather than "lol" ing about how stupid these pirates are, maybe we should think about the fact that they live in a country with little to no educational system. And although we all know what a typical US Navy Warship because we have seen a zillion pictures of them in textbooks and on the internet, they may be seeing them for the first time.

    April 1, 2010 at 10:55 am | Report abuse |
  4. David

    Thankfully we now have an administration that acts boldly and swiftly to real threats to our security, unlike Cheney and Bush who squandered our blood and treasure to settle old scores. Maybe we will regain some of the stature we lost when they led us into a war with an enemy that didn't exist instead of focusing on al queda, and when they had us descend to the ranks of countries that use torture.

    April 1, 2010 at 10:56 am | Report abuse |
  5. joe

    obama saves the day again. How does he do it? must be a well balanced breakfast

    April 1, 2010 at 10:56 am | Report abuse |
  6. Navy Mom

    Are these loosers that attack the US Navy ship claiming insanity?? Wow I wish I would have been on board that US Navy ship. Great Job NAVY.

    April 1, 2010 at 10:57 am | Report abuse |
  7. mike watson

    take them to the nearest land mass and hang them all of them like we used to do!!!!

    April 1, 2010 at 10:58 am | Report abuse |
  8. pierce

    that part of the world is not known for producing too many einsteins.
    But, by all means, challenge our ships. LOL

    April 1, 2010 at 10:58 am | Report abuse |
  9. bUTCH

    Five pirates walk into a bar... Let's see what we are going to do tonight... I know, lets attack a U.S. Naval War Ship at sea! Now thats a great plan.

    In the Navy what happened next is called a teaching moment. You can't make this stuff up. Great going Navy!!!!

    April 1, 2010 at 10:59 am | Report abuse |
  10. Ken (former carrier sailor)

    As a former US Navy carrier sailor, I'm glad to see this happen. The Navy should have a carrier in the area and send out some F/A-18s on patrol for pirates. All it would take is one missile to take out a pirate skiff!

    April 1, 2010 at 10:59 am | Report abuse |
  11. pjwisc

    April Fools!

    April 1, 2010 at 11:00 am | Report abuse |
  12. Phil

    Be careful..Obama may courtmartial you. You should have just sent to bith Davy Jones.

    April 1, 2010 at 11:01 am | Report abuse |
  13. Freeeop

    We dont throw them overboard because we are the good guys. If we want to win the hearts and minds, we stay the good guys. People leak information to us because we are the good guys.
    The lousy pirates are the ones who throw people to the sharks.

    April 1, 2010 at 11:02 am | Report abuse |
  14. Tony from Arizona

    It is good to know that at least SOME of our military budget has been spent wisely. It would be a good training exercise for our navy to patrol that area of the ocean. It will provide our sailors practice using their weapons systems live while doing the world a favor.

    April 1, 2010 at 11:02 am | Report abuse |
  15. Randy

    Awesome! The sad fact is that the sailors who pulled the trigger will probably be slapped with notices from our government for illegal actions against a civilian boat in international waters, watching their military careers sunk down the political toilet. And then the pirates will be brought back at a cost of 50 or 60 mil to face justice in our court system, their severe punishment will be to work as cashiers at Starbucks to teach them how to handle money better, all the while making millions selling their stories to film makers who try to make us feel sorry for them while portraying them as social heroes.

    April 1, 2010 at 11:02 am | Report abuse |
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