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US Navy SEALs Seize ‘Morning Glory’ Tanker Ship

WASHINGTON, DC – US Navy SEALs yesterday boarded and took control of a commercial tanker ship that was seized earlier this month by three armed Libyans, Pentagon Press Secretary Navy Rear Adm. John Kirby said in a Defense Department news release issued today.

“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,” Kirby said in the release.

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, Kirby added.

“The SEAL team embarked and operated from the guided missile destroyer USS Roosevelt,” Kirby said in the release. The USS Roosevelt 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, he said.

“The ‘Morning Glory’ is carrying a cargo of oil owned by the Libyan government National Oil Company,” Kirby said in the release. “The ship and its cargo were illicitly obtained from the Libyan port of As-Sidra.”

The “Morning Glory” will be underway soon to a port in Libya with a team of sailors from the USS Stout embarked, Kirby said. The sailors will be supervising the transit, he added.

The USS Roosevelt is homeported in Mayport, Fla. and is deployed as part of the George H.W. Bush Carrier Strike Group, Kirby said, adding that the USS Stout is homeported in Norfolk, Va.


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  1. Whats the story Morning Glory? Sorry, couldn't help myself there. Good to see a loophole closed.

  2. Waste of American money.

    We should have told the Libyans to fuck off, but POTUS isn't going to do that.

    Wonder if A-Q will disappear another airliner now that they have additional funds coming their way.

  3. Keeping the high seas free of piracy is very much a concern of ours. Regardless of what country is effected. By the most powerful Navy in the world not doing anything, it emboldens the pirates and puts our own ships at risk.

    On another note, I am glad to see NSW getting back to what they are good at. Over the last few years I always wondered how the piracy situation got so out of hand when we have these guys who were basically stood up to do missions exactly like this. Good to see them being utilized for what they were designed to do.

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