WASHINGTON, DC - Navy SEALs took control of a commercial tanker that had been hijacked by three armed Libyans three days ago, the Pentagon said Monday.
The action to secure the Morning Glory was taken at the request of both the Libyan and Cypriot governments, said Pentagon Press Secretary Rear Adm. John Kirby.
The SEALs, attached to Special Operations Command Europe, conducted the operation Sunday night southeast of Cyprus.
The SEAL team deployed from the guided missile destroyer USS Roosevelt, which is part of the Norfolk-based George H.W. Bush Carrier Strike Group. The ship 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 explained.
The Morning Glory will go to a port in Libya with a team of sailors from the Norfolk-based USS Stout, Kirby added.
The tanker is carrying oil owned by the Libyan government National Oil Company.
No one was hurt.