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. Airdale1962

    Never mess with the MIGHTY U.S.NAVY!!!! OORAH!!

    April 1, 2010 at 11:24 am | Report abuse |
  2. Love & Peace man

    Time to blow the pirates out of the water....and then machine-gun them when they swim away...

    April 1, 2010 at 11:25 am | Report abuse |
  3. RJD

    I'd give anything to see the video footage.

    April 1, 2010 at 11:26 am | Report abuse |
  4. Tina

    You don't mess with a GIANT. Dummys.

    April 1, 2010 at 11:28 am | Report abuse |
  5. Airdale1962

    Time to place 4 Carrier Strike Groups there and go to work.As a retired Navy avionics tech,it is about time the USN takes off the gloves!!BRAVO ZULU Shipmates,and Skipper,good call and shooting!!!!

    April 1, 2010 at 11:29 am | Report abuse |
  6. Moriah

    When is Hussein going to bring charges against the Navy?

    April 1, 2010 at 11:32 am | Report abuse |
  7. stevc

    What the Navy needs to employ in this part of the world, are the old Q ships from WWI. These were merchant ships that were refitted with lots of guns. U-boats got close, went in to seize them, and got a nasty surprise.

    Small merchant ships, fitted with four or more chain guns, and a platoon of Marines, would be the ideal weapon to counteract piracy. No need for huge naval guns, or warship-looking ships – just a few slow-moving merchant ships, some Marines and lots of ammo.

    April 1, 2010 at 11:38 am | Report abuse |
  8. askhow

    Note to Pirates: Next time do not try to attaack a United States Naval Destroyer.

    April 1, 2010 at 11:41 am | Report abuse |
  9. Connie Gibbs

    Hooray for the Navy! Pirates are long overdue for consequences.

    April 1, 2010 at 11:46 am | Report abuse |
  10. stefanl

    Why are these pirates still alive?

    April 1, 2010 at 11:48 am | Report abuse |
  11. MM1 NUC RETIRED

    GO NAVY.... Maybe the pirates wanted a Hot shower and 3Squares a day. in the brig

    April 1, 2010 at 11:53 am | Report abuse |
  12. inspiral

    Perhaps, they looked at the writing on the side and thought 'this will get us a good ransom, whoever owns it has another 46 like it and has to number them to tell them apart' ; -)

    April 1, 2010 at 11:54 am | Report abuse |
  13. David

    lets see after midnight, probably dark night. Navy vessal probably running with lights on but have lights set to look like a freighter. I guess you could call it camoflage LOL. Good for the Navy.

    April 1, 2010 at 11:54 am | Report abuse |
  14. April Fuel

    I can't believe the gall of the US Navy, trouncing on the civil rights of these poor people, simply trying to make a living. Oh, wait – APRIL FOOL!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Go Navy, kick pirate booty!!

    April 1, 2010 at 11:56 am | Report abuse |
  15. HunterPSU

    read an article yesterday that said most are just released because they dont know what to do with them and no one wants to try them and imprison them. Seems like we need to come up with a gitmo like prison for pirates in the region. Maybe we could pay egypt a fee to try and hang them for us. would be cheaper and better than just releasing them. Also preference would be to sink the boat with the pirates on board. Any vessel that is small that approaches a larger vessel in this region is a pirate and subject to sinking and pirates immediate execution. This would solve the problem eventually

    April 1, 2010 at 11:57 am | Report abuse |
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