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. Charles Hopf

    Obviously these are the 'rocket scientists' from Somalia. Gee, there's a frigate! Let's attack it with rocks and stones!

    April 1, 2010 at 9:30 am | Report abuse |
  2. Jrock211

    HAHA, That's real smart of them to fire on one of our boats. AK's and RPGs vs. 40mm cannons among other things we have on board. And then they thought they could out run us.

    April 1, 2010 at 9:30 am | Report abuse |
  3. Rick

    Great shooting!! Go USN!!!

    April 1, 2010 at 9:30 am | Report abuse |
  4. Johnny Apology

    What we need now is for Barry to meet with the pirates and apologize for America.

    April 1, 2010 at 9:30 am | Report abuse |
  5. Bobby G

    Headline should have read – "U.S. warship sinks suspected mothership along with it's pirate skiff, no search for survivors."

    April 1, 2010 at 9:31 am | Report abuse |
  6. jeff

    good plan, pirates! fire on an American warship. you can take 'em!

    April 1, 2010 at 9:31 am | Report abuse |
  7. BlondieKnox

    Great job! Let's hear it for our marvelous military who keep us safe! BRAVO.

    April 1, 2010 at 9:31 am | Report abuse |
  8. Ed

    Guess they couldn't see what they were firing on at night =P.

    April 1, 2010 at 9:31 am | Report abuse |
  9. RJ

    Bravo U.S. Navy! It's about time the collective "we" start fighting back against these criminal who threaten both commercial and private ships. Way to make a lesson of them!

    April 1, 2010 at 9:31 am | Report abuse |
  10. Teresa

    Great news. Only something like this will start to deter.

    April 1, 2010 at 9:32 am | Report abuse |
  11. thebutton

    Talk about biting off more than you can chew.

    April 1, 2010 at 9:32 am | Report abuse |
  12. Tom

    Sheesh, these idiots must have an i.q. of around room temperature to attack a US warship!

    April 1, 2010 at 9:32 am | Report abuse |
  13. g.matheny

    wtg navy !!! its about time we showed these cowards what the us navy is all about!!! booya!!

    April 1, 2010 at 9:32 am | Report abuse |
  14. Jim

    Pirates? Really? I mean really? In 2010 we have pirates? This is insane. Raid their camps, kill them and disband them. Do not fool around with this. It is plain nuts. Just resolve this now, with overwhelming force. They have no legitimacy whatsoever. End it!

    April 1, 2010 at 9:32 am | Report abuse |
  15. Renard

    Go get 'em guys!

    April 1, 2010 at 9:32 am | Report abuse |
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