The five Somali pirates are believed to be the first people convicted of piracy in a US court in more than a century.
The alleged Somali pirates face charges of piracy and plunder, charges not typically heard – at least since the 18th century. What they thought were commercial vessels were actually US Navy warships. That was a big mistake.
End of monsoon season is bringing more aggressive activity by suspected Somali pirates in the Indian Ocean. But the US and other navies are hitting back, capturing pirates and sinking their boats.
The USS Nicholas returned fire on Somali pirates near the Seychelles, sinking an attacking boat, confiscating the mother ship, and apprehending five pirates. The US Navy has stepped up patrols in the Indian Ocean.