Nightly News   |  January 06, 2012

Pirates surrender to U.S. Navy after attacking Iranian fishermen

The pirates were brought aboard the U.S.S. John C. Stennis, the same ship Iran’s navy threatened on Tuesday. NBC’s Brian Williams reports.

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>>> now to the high drama and the incredible story that took place on the high seas where today u.s. navy sailors set aside growing tensions with iran and made a daring rescue, saving 13 iranians from the clutches of pirates. our pentagon correspondent jim miklaszewski has more on the rescue mission .

>> reporter: in this dramatic navy video, a team of american sailors closes in on the iranian boat to rescue those held hostage by pirates. viewed from the helicopter, 15 somali pirates are seen on deck, hands high in the air in surrender to the americans. once on board the sailors get a hero's welcome. one iranian embraces his liberators. it took place in the north arabian sea near the strait of hormuz. ironically today's rescue operation was led by the aircraft carrier stenis. three days ago the iranian military threatened to attack it. today there were no signs of animosity. these iranians showed nothing but gratitude to the american sailors, would be enemies who saved their lives. jim miklaszewski , nbc news, the pentagon.