Breaking: Pirates Attack US Missile Frigate, Learn Lesson

In the Indian ocean of the coast of Kenya, Somali pirates attacked the US Nicholas, a guided missile frigate. Things went about as you’d expect. From the AP via FoxNews:

Suspected Somali pirates fired on a U.S. Navy warship off East Africa early Thursday in what appeared to be a ransom-seeking attack on an American guided missile frigate, officials said.

The USS Nicholas returned fire on the pirate skiff, sinking it and confiscating a nearby mothership. The Navy took five pirates into custody, said Navy Lt. Patrick Foughty, a spokesman.The AP tracked down a piracy expert–now that is an esoteric qualification–and he added:

It’s also quite possible that they don’t have a full understanding of the targets they are attacking. Perhaps they just see a big ship they think is a worth a lot of money.

If you aren’t familiar with the capabilities of a Oliver Hazard Perry class frigate you can find a description here. Given their armament and equipment, one can only assume that the pirates had far, far less than a “full understanding” of their target.

After several narrow escapes, it is nice to see at least one of these groups find justice.

Rep. (D) Hank Johnson of Georgia concerned that Guam might just tip over
Jaime Escalante, RIP