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They did what…?! April 16, 2010

Posted by ev0rev in Politics.
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USS Nicholas

(CNN) — A group of suspected pirates was captured Thursday after attacking a U.S. Navy frigate in the Indian Ocean, according to a statement released by the U.S. Sixth Fleet.

The USS Nicholas reported taking fire from a suspected pirate skiff shortly after midnight local time west of the Seychelles, the statement said. The Nicholas quickly returned fire and began pursuing the skiff, which was eventually disabled. A boarding team from the Nicholas subsequently captured and detained three people, the statement said.”  –By the CNN Wire Staff    April 1, 2010 12:48 p.m. EDT

I had to reread that opening paragraph a few times before it sank in (pun intended) … the pirates attacked a U.S. warship?!   Granted, a Perry class frigate isn’t the most intimidating vessel on the seas but to take one on with small arms is asking for trouble.  I can only imagine the disbelief in the CIC aboard Nicholas… “they shot AT us?!… are you certain?”.

Evidently some of the more ambitious pirates wanted to go for the whole enchilada and were looking to take a carrier.  They were persuaded by older/wiser pirates that maybe capturing a few frigates… maybe even a destroyer or two would be prudent before such an adventure.  After all, someone has to take Red Crown!



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