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Last May, pirates chased a U. Navy warship and fired small arms fire at it. The ship, which had recently served as a prison for captured pirates, increased speed and evaded the attack. French and Dutch naval ships also have been attacked by pirates, said Roger Middleton, a piracy expert at the British think tank Chatham House.

They might not always make rational decisions, and they often attack things that are bigger than they should attack ," said Middleton. Perhaps they just see a big ship they think is a worth a lot of money," he said. The ammunition and fuel recovered from the skiff will be crucial evidence once the pirates go to trial, as often times pirates throw their guns and ammo overboard before they are captured so as to dispose of the evidence and then claim they were just out fishing. Thursday's attack came just shy of a year since pirates attacked the U.


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The U. Africa Command said the five pirates seized Thursday would remain in U. The Nicholas is home-ported in Norfolk, Va.

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    Skip to content Donate Account. Article Vocabulary. Pirates in the Caribbean have been glamorized in paintings, movies, and books. The real lives of pirates were usually nasty, brutish, and short. Photograph by Stuart Thornton.

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