Navy SEALs in Action, Free Tanker in the Mediterranean


The US Department of Defense announced that a Navy SEALs team took control this morning of a commercial oil tanker that had been hijacked in the Mediterranean earlier this month by a small group of Libyan gunmen.

The SEALs were on board the USS Roosevelt, a unit of the George HW Bush Carrier Strike Group.

"No one was injured and when US forces, at the request of both the Libyan and Cypriot governments, boarded the ship, they took control of the tanker Morning Glory, a flag-less ship, seized by three Libyans earlier this month armed, "Department spokesman Rear Admiral John Kirby said in a press release.

The collision of the raiders took place at 03: 00 (now Italian) in international waters south-east of Cyprus.

The USS Roosevelt provided helicopter support and served as a command and control platform for the mission.

Morning Glory was transporting oil owned by the Libyan state-owned National Oil Company. The ship and its cargo were illegally taken from the Libyan port of As-Sidra.

The ship, before the seizure, was flying the flag of North Korea.

After the accident, according to various sources, Pyongyang would have disowned it.

Source: Stars and Stripes

(photo: Navy SEALs repertoire)