USS Nicholas captures 5 pirates off Seychelles

(Credit: US Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class John Suits/Released)

(BRUSSELS2) The American ship USS Nicholas (FFG 47) captured 5 suspected pirates on Thursday, April 1, off the Seychelles announced the American command for Africa (Africom). Exchanges of fire took place before the arrest.

It was west of the Seychelles, in international waters, that the USS Nicholas reported, around 0:30 a.m. local time, shots from a suspicious skiff. The American soldiers responded and began the pursuit until the skiff stopped. . At 2 a.m., reports Africom HQ, the anti-missile frigate's boarding party seized three men, along with ammunition and fuel. Everyone was repatriated to the ship. The skiff was sunk at 00:3 a.m. A second pirate ship (the mother ship) with 00 suspects on board was also captured and the mother ship confiscated.

The 5 suspects were placed aboard the Nicholas for questioning and to determine the action to be taken. The USS Nicholas is part of the US 6th Fleet and is one of the components of the naval force supporting AFRICOM.



Nicolas Gros Verheyde

Chief editor of the B2 site. Graduated in European law from the University of Paris I Pantheon Sorbonne and listener to the 65th session of the IHEDN (Institut des Hautes Etudes de la Défense Nationale. Journalist since 1989, founded B2 - Bruxelles2 in 2008. EU/NATO correspondent in Brussels for Sud-Ouest (previously West-France and France-Soir).