US navy sinks pirate ship
What they should have done is blow the boat out of the water and let the pirates drown – not arrest them. Political correctness at its best. That would’ve sent a clearer message out to their comrades. Let’s see what the USA does with their prisoners..
SUSPECTED Somali pirates have fired on a US Navy warship off East Africa in what appears to be a ransom-seeking attack on an American guided missile frigate, officials say.
The USS Nicholas returned fire on the pirate skiff, sinking it and confiscating a nearby mothership early on Thursday (local time).
The navy took five pirates into custody, navy spokesman Lieutenant Patrick Foughty said.
International naval forces have stepped up their enforcement of the waters off East Africa to thwart a growing pirate trade.
The attack came just shy of a year since pirates attacked the US-flagged Maersk Alabama and took American Richard Phillips hostage. Phillips was rescued five days later when Navy SEAL snipers shot three pirates in a lifeboat.
The US Africa Command said the five pirates seized would remain in US custody on board the frigate for now.
The Nicholas is home-ported in Norfolk, Virginia.
Experts say piracy will continue to be a problem until an effective government is established on Somalia’s lawless shores. The country has not had a functioning government for 19 years.