You gotta give the squiddies credit; They do great work when they’re in their element:
NAIROBI, Kenya | U.S. naval forces say they’ve captured five pirates after exchanging fire with them, sinking their skiff and confiscating a mother ship.
The USS Nicholas came under fire early Thursday from pirates in an area west of the Seychelles.
The U.S. Africa Command said the five pirates seized would remain in U.S. custody on board the frigate for time time being. The Nicholas is home-ported in Norfolk, Va.
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.
USS Nicholas (FFG-47), an Oliver Hazard Perry-class frigate, was the third ship of the United States Navy to be named for Major Samuel Nicholas, the first commanding officer of the United States Marines. A third-generation guided missile frigate of the Oliver Hazard Perry class, she was laid down as Bath Iron Works hull number 388 on 27 September 1982 and launched 23 April 1983.
Nicholas was designed to provide in-depth protection for military and merchant shipping, amphibious task forces, and underway replenishment groups. Her 453-foot (loa) hull displaces 4,100 tons and her gas turbine power develops 41,000 shp (31,000 kW) for a single screw, giving a top speed of 29 plus knots.
Since her commissioning, Nicholas has deployed to the Persian Gulf, Mediterranean and North Sea, as well as participating in maritime interdiction operations and various fleet exercises. During her first four years as a commissioned vessel, she earned three Battle Efficiency “E” awards, and theBattenberg Cup as the best ship in the Atlantic Fleet. She earned the Top Ship award from Commander Battle Force Sixth Fleet during her first deployment to the Mediterranean.
You gotta be smokin’ one heck of a lot of jimson weed to mistake the “Top Ship in Two Fleets” for a freighter, buddy. Plus pile all the Brain-Addling on top of an underlying bedrock of bone-stupid to start.
One item worth noting; the Seychelles (B) are one hell of a long way from the Horn of Africa (A); actually the better part of the way to the U.S. Marine Base at Diego Garcia (C).
One almost wonders if the pirates might be basing from Madagascar now, which, as we al know who’ve seen the movie, is home of Julian, King of the Lemurs. If these pirates were lemurs, that would explain a lot.