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Navy SEALs Seize Control Of 'Morning Glory' From Libyans (Video)

The commercial tanker ship "Morning Glory"
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The commercial tanker ship "Morning Glory"

A team of Navy SEALs took control of the commercial tanker ship "Morning Glory" on Sunday from the armed Libyans who seized the ship in early March, according to an announcement by Navy Rear Adm. John Kirby:

"No one was hurt [Sunday] 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."

The Navy SEALs involved in the seizure are attached to Special Operations Command Europe. They boarded the Morning Glory in the international waters of the Eastern Mediterranean Sea, southeast of the island nation of Cyprus.


American Forces Press Service reports the SEALs operated from the USS Roosevelt:

"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."

CNN reports the Morning Glory is carrying oil owned by Libya's National Oil Company: