A battle upon the high seas took place last night, where a band of rowdy pirates attempted to attack and commandeer the USS Frigate Nicholas. When the battle ended, the pirates realized the true power of America.
WASHINGTON (AFP) – A US warship operating in the Indian Ocean captured five suspected pirates Thursday after an exchange of gunfire in international waters near the Seychelles, the Pentagon said.
The frigate USS Nicholas took the piracy suspects into custody after the warship sank a skiff, and confiscated a suspected mother ship, said a statement from US Naval Forces.
“While operating west of the Seychelles in international waters, Nicholas reported taking fire at 12:27 am local time from a suspected pirate skiff and returned fire before commencing pursuit of the vessel until the disabled skiff stopped,” the statement said.
“At 1:59 am personnel from Nicholas boarded the disabled skiff and detained three personnel. The boarding team found ammunition and multiple cans of fuel on board.”
After taking the suspected pirates on board, the Nicholas sank the disabled skiff and captured two additional suspected pirates on the confiscated mother ship.
The pirates will remain in US custody until a determination is made about their fate.
Pirating has become a major problem off the shores of Africa, and this event will serve as a reminder to all pirates who plague that water. This may also set precedent for UN warships to start to regularly engage pirate ships.