French Nab Pirate 'Mother Ship'
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Apr 15, 2009 10:03 AM CDT
This file photo shows the French navy frigate "Le Commandant Bouan", left, escorting French cruise ship Le Ponant, off Somalia's coasts, Friday, April 11, 2008.   (AP Photo/French Defense Ministry/HO)
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(Newser) – French forces launched an attack on a 30-foot-long pirate "mother ship" early today, detaining 11 pirates and thwarting a pirate attack on a Liberian-registered vessel, the AP reports. The pirates are being held aboard the Nivose, a French frigate taking part in a European mission to protect shipping in the Gulf of Aden. A French surveillance helicopter spotted the pirates' mother ship yesterday, and it was intercepted 550 miles east of the Kenyan port of Mombasa.