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. Squidz with Gunz

    Deceptive lighting. Squidformers – Navy in disguise!

    April 1, 2010 at 12:05 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Okee

    Wait a minute, guys. I think it's a calculated plan. They attacked the US Navy ship so that they will be taken to the US to face charges. After 5 years in jail they can be selling hot dogs or driving taxi cabs in the streets of Manhattan. They are smarter than we think.

    April 1, 2010 at 12:05 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Leo M., Chicago

    God Bless the United States Navy. Way to go USS Nicholas!

    April 1, 2010 at 12:06 pm | Report abuse |
  4. DennisR

    Great news,....Now we just have to wait while Barry , our Commandeer in chiei figures out a way to charge the US Navy with war crimes for shooting at inocent people in the ocean, jail a few Seaman for treating the pirates poorly and of course, apologizing to the World for the abhorant behavior of the Us Military. Gotta gain the respect of the World, you know.

    April 1, 2010 at 12:06 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Mr. Skeptical

    The pirates will likely be read Miranda rights, brought to the US, will request asylum, be granted citizenship, and will soon be on welfare. With any luck, one could become president someday.

    April 1, 2010 at 12:08 pm | Report abuse |
  6. talal, Montreal

    way to go American Navy – we should not allow modern-day pirates to rule the Indian Ocean, what next? South Atlantic ? Nato and other pirate fighting Navies should be merciless with suspected pirate skiffs and their mother ships

    April 1, 2010 at 12:08 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Mr. Sparrow

    The pirates were enjoying a leisurely sail away from the confines of their mothership when they spotted a US Navy warship on the horizon...The captain of the pirates, PegLeg Mumbasa was his name, turned to his mateys swabbing his poop deck. What was asked of his crew spurred a chain of events that led to their eventual humiliating capture

    "Avast ye mateys, thar be an Imperial warship in our midst....Truth or Daaaare?"

    April 1, 2010 at 12:15 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Annie Oakley

    God bless the United States Navy!

    April 1, 2010 at 12:17 pm | Report abuse |
  9. Dirk Pepperd

    Go Navy! Beat Pirates!

    April 1, 2010 at 12:17 pm | Report abuse |
  10. Maureen

    WAY TO GO US NAVY!!!!! WAY TO GO CREW of the USS NICHOLAS!! Kick butt. Fire on a warship, eh? That was really clear judgement, a good decision, that pirate captain is a real hero, NOT. Feed 'em to the sharks for a tasty snack. That's all those lowlifes deserve. Then, seek and destroy the rest of the lot and be done with this stupid pirate business. Don't mess with the US NAVY........................

    April 1, 2010 at 12:26 pm | Report abuse |
  11. Somali Burgandy

    "I immediately regret this decision"

    April 1, 2010 at 12:26 pm | Report abuse |
  12. Tom Kerstetter

    About time! Good job, Navy.

    April 1, 2010 at 12:27 pm | Report abuse |
  13. Sly

    Score 1 for the crew of the USS Nicholas! And agreement with an earlier comment- let the pirates swim for the frigate, sharks need food too.

    April 1, 2010 at 12:30 pm | Report abuse |
  14. Bob Pointer

    I suppose now the pirates will be brought back to the USA, read their rights and be given a trial with appointed counsel?

    April 1, 2010 at 1:06 pm | Report abuse |
  15. 2JGs

    I'm so proud of my husband on the NIC! Our 3 yr old is always telling people his daddy is fighting pirates...can't wait to go home and tell him they got some!!

    April 1, 2010 at 1:23 pm | Report abuse |
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