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. Lani

    It's about time they screwed up like that. Now we need to send a bunch of military ships out disguised as regular cargo ships and do that all the time. LOL. I would have liked to have seen the looks on their faces when they realized it was a warship!

    April 1, 2010 at 9:43 am | Report abuse |
  2. Chris

    Woo hoo! Take that!

    April 1, 2010 at 9:43 am | Report abuse |
  3. Jerry B.

    Wouldn't it have been nice if Osama Bil Laden had been found on board. Funny thing is, that's how we'll probably get him, stumbling over him as he's dumpster diving behind some Army refuse pit.

    April 1, 2010 at 9:44 am | Report abuse |
  4. graywolf

    Hell yes! U.S. Navy Rocks! Shoot all pirates on site!

    April 1, 2010 at 9:44 am | Report abuse |
  5. Matt

    Seriously? That's like Gary Coleman taking on Mike Tyson. I love where their heads are at though. That little stunt takes major cojones.

    April 1, 2010 at 9:44 am | Report abuse |
  6. Fastball

    We ought to round up all those crackpot militia types running around here – the ones with all those guns and WAAAY too much time on their hands – put them on a boat, and tell them to go catch pirates.
    It would accomplish so much.... they can actually fire off their weapons in a meaningful way, they can say they are defending the USA....and finally, should they prove no match for a bunch of skinny guys in rubber boats and a couple of AK-47s, well...no loss.

    April 1, 2010 at 9:45 am | Report abuse |
  7. Mark Smith

    Attack a warship from a skiff, genius!

    April 1, 2010 at 9:45 am | Report abuse |
  8. Ken

    Those folks are not too bright.

    April 1, 2010 at 9:45 am | Report abuse |
  9. Steve C

    Excellent news !!!! If it were up to me, I would hunt down, and sink every Pirate ship with extreme prejudice, as in, shoot first, and ask NO questions. Then I would attack Somalia and send the country back into the middle ages, no prisoners, no mercy, no second chance.

    April 1, 2010 at 9:46 am | Report abuse |
  10. Joss

    Next time SINK immediately. Do not capture.

    April 1, 2010 at 9:46 am | Report abuse |
  11. wes

    Wow! I wonder what the pirates were driving? GENIUS

    April 1, 2010 at 9:46 am | Report abuse |
  12. Kittye

    God bless our US military......good work guys, Thanks for keeping us safe!

    April 1, 2010 at 9:46 am | Report abuse |
  13. Matthew

    Could this be CNN's idea of an April Fool's prank?

    hmmmm Maybe maybe not.

    April 1, 2010 at 9:46 am | Report abuse |
  14. kyle

    WHAT A BUNCH OF IDIOTS!!! AHAHAHAH pirates with a bunch of little guns attack the US NAVY!!! really?!! lmao i wonder if they knew it was a warship. built to destory other warships. bunch of idiots -.-

    April 1, 2010 at 9:47 am | Report abuse |
  15. Dave Little

    They should have sunk the mother ship too.

    April 1, 2010 at 9:47 am | Report abuse |
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