A Somali pirate captured by the U.S. Navy confessed yesterday to attacking an American warship back in April. He and six of his dumb pirate friends actually chased and fired on the U.S.S. Ashland, one of the more amusing incidents of the not so amusing Somali pirate problem. Here's a picture of the Ashland. It has a crew of over 400, can carry 400+ marines, and has an array of surface to surface weaponry, including two 25mm auto-cannons, and six .50 cal machine guns. It's an ideal target for seven guys in a small boat.
If you are going to make your living as a pirate, knowing the difference between major warships and merchant shipping is a key job skill.