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. Rick McDaniel

    All ships entering those waters, must be armed and capable of repelling pirates, including killing and sinking them. That includes all commercial shipping.

    Nothing else will stop the pirates behavior.

    April 1, 2010 at 9:35 am | Report abuse |
  2. Carlos

    You can run, but you can't hide.

    April 1, 2010 at 9:35 am | Report abuse |
  3. robert

    Talk about Stupidity!!! Firing on a US Navy Ship? DEATH WISH !!!

    April 1, 2010 at 9:35 am | Report abuse |
  4. Go Navy

    Awesome.

    April 1, 2010 at 9:36 am | Report abuse |
  5. j

    what da heck these guys were on to attack military vessel?

    April 1, 2010 at 9:36 am | Report abuse |
  6. Greg

    Talk about bringing a knife to a gunfight...

    April 1, 2010 at 9:36 am | Report abuse |
  7. Horatio Hornblower

    Yarr....This be a good story.

    April 1, 2010 at 9:36 am | Report abuse |
  8. Ken

    Way to go US of A baby! The only way to deal with this lawlessness is to send them to the court held by Davy Jones himself.

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

    HAIL, HAIL for the Navy! These pirates deserve to be sunk. I would have sunk the mothership also. There is no place in society for piracy on the seas, or elsewhere for that matter.

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

    They tried to capture a United States warship? HA! Now that's funny!

    April 1, 2010 at 9:37 am | Report abuse |
  11. JGMDGO

    YES! Finally. We're not looking for trouble out here in the world; however, if you fire first on the US Navy; this is what you get you morons!

    April 1, 2010 at 9:38 am | Report abuse |
  12. diane

    GO USA!!!!! Now protecting the waters of the world!!!!

    April 1, 2010 at 9:38 am | Report abuse |
  13. Derek

    They should win the Darwin award.

    April 1, 2010 at 9:38 am | Report abuse |
  14. phyber

    ARGG make them walk the plank

    serisouly...who would try to attack a United States WARSHIP in a ragtag pirate ship?

    April 1, 2010 at 9:38 am | Report abuse |
  15. Retired Army in San Antonio

    Wait a minute.......they fired on a WARSHIP?!?!?!?!?!?!?!

    LOLOLOLOL!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    April 1, 2010 at 9:38 am | Report abuse |
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