A group of five Somali pirates, who attacked a U.S. Navy ship in April this year, have been convicted. It is the first conviction for piracy on American soil in nearly 200 years.
The men attacked the USS Nicholas which they mistook for a merchant ship. They had been sailing the waters looking for a merchant vessel to plunder when they came upon the Navy ship. Ironically enough, the Navy ship had been on a mission to combat piracy in Somali waters at the time.
The attack was a violent one, and the pirates were armed with assault weapons and rocket-propelled grenades. When two of the pirates on the skiffs opened fire on the main ship, the crew members of the USS Nicholas fired back, chased and captured the pirates. Their skiffs were destroyed, and the men were arrested.