A group of Somali pirates has been captured after attacking a French navy ship by mistake, apparently thinking it was a harmless cargo vessel.According to Andrew Toppan's World Navies Today site, FS Somme is a Durance-class fleet support auxiliary, armed with one 40mm cannon, two 20mm cannon and a pair of 12.7mm machine guns. Wikipedia, on the other hand, lists Somme as having one 40mm cannon, six 12.7mm machine guns and a Mistral missle launcher.
French military spokesman Admiral Christophe Prazuck said the pirates attacked in skiffs late at night some 500km (310 miles) off the Somali coast.
But the command and supply ship, the Somme, repelled the attack and chased the pirates, capturing five of them.
Regardless, it really doesn't take much to deal with Somali pirates.