Navy SEALs Regain Control of Oil Tanker Hijacked From Libyan Port
Jennifer Griffin reported this morning on a successful Navy SEAL operation near Cyprus, as U.S. forces boarded and regained control of an oil tanker seized by gunmen from a Libyan port. The Pentagon said the operation was carried out Sunday night on orders from President Obama. There were no casualties.
Read more on the op at FoxNews.com, plus watch Jennifer's report above from the Pentagon.
Navy SEALs have boarded and taken command of an oil tanker that was seized by three armed men at a Libyan port earlier this month, thwarting an attempt by a splinter militia group from selling nationalized Libyan oil on the black market.
A Pentagon spokesman said that the operation was carried out Sunday night on orders from President Obama in international waters southeast of Cyprus, at the request of the Libyan and Cypriot governments. There were no casualties. The USS Roosevelt provided an embarkation point for the SEALs as well as helicopter support and served as a command and control and support platform.
"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," Rear Adm. John Kirby's statement read in part.
The tanker had previously eluded a Libyan naval blockade around the port of Sidra, which is being held by militias who are demanding autonomy for eastern Libya. The maneuver led to the dismissal of Libyan Prime Minister Ali Zeidan by that country's parliament last week.