On March 16, 2014, US Navy SEALs boarded and took control of commercial tanker ship ‘Morning Glory’ that was seized earlier this month by three armed Libyans.
“No one was hurt tonight when U.S. forces, at the request of both the Libyan and Cypriot governments, boarded and took control of the commercial tanker ‘Morning Glory,’ a stateless vessel seized earlier this month by three armed Libyans,” stated Pentagon Press Secretary Navy Rear Adm. John Kirby.
The boarding operation, approved by President Barack Obama and conducted just after 10 p.m. EDT on March 16 in international waters southeast of Cyprus, was executed by a team of U.S. Navy SEALs attached to Special Operations Command Europe.
The SEAL team embarked and operated from the guided missile destroyer USS Roosevelt, which provided helicopter support and served as a command and control and support platform for the other members of the force assigned to conduct the mission.
The ‘Morning Glory’ is carrying a cargo of oil owned by the Libyan government National Oil Company. The ship and its cargo were illicitly obtained from the Libyan port of As-Sidra.
The USS Roosevelt is homeported in Mayport, Florida and was deployed as part of the George H.W. Bush Carrier Strike Group.