From NBC's Courtney Kube
The U.S. Navy engaged in a full-out battle with pirates in the Indian Ocean earlier today.
The USS Nicholas (FFG 47), a U.S. Navy frigate, captured several pirates on Thursday after exchanging fire, sinking a skiff, and confiscating a suspected mother ship.
The USS Nicholas (FFG 47) was just west of the Seychelles in international waters today when they began to take fire from a suspected pirate skiff at 12:27 a.m. local time. The Nicholas returned fire and disabled the pirate boat, then pursued the skiff until it finally broke down.
At 1:59 a.m., local personnel from Nicholas boarded the disabled skiff and detained three suspected pirates. The U.S. sailors found ammunition and several cans of fuel on board.
The U.S. took the suspected pirates on board, and then sank the disabled skiff at 2:59 a.m. local.
The sailors then took control of a nearby mother ship and detained two more suspected pirates. All five suspected pirates will remain in U.S. custody on board Nicholas until the Combined Joint Task Force decides where to take them.
The USS Nicholas is currently assigned to U.S. Naval Forces Africa, which falls under U.S. Africa Command (AFRICOM).